B1G Ten: Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

The B1G Ten is one of the most disappointing conferences in recent memory. The only good team coming out of the football or basketball side of things is Ohio State.

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Ohio State has gone undefeated in B1G Ten football play for two years straight under head coach Urban Meyer. As we speak, they’re thrashing Illinois by 3 touchdowns 35-14 at halftime.

Other strong football programs are Wisconsin, now coached by former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen, and Michigan State, whose defense stops any offense in its tracks. Minnesota has surprised everyone as its head coach, Jerry Kill, is sitting out the season until he completely recovers from recent strokes. Nebraska has a good record of 7-2 overall, but has not beaten anyone great. Their only great game so far was a blowout loss 41-21 to UCLA early in the season and their coach, Bo Pelini, is under fire for a lackluster season by Nebraska standards.

STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL
Big Ten – Legends W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
Michigan State 5-0 153 51 8-1 268 104 W5
Nebraska 4-1 150 97 7-2 323 205 W2
Minnesota 4-2 140 154 8-2 307 234 W4
Iowa 3-3 125 119 6-4 266 187 W1
Michigan 2-3 164 149 6-3 316 233 L2
Northwestern 0-5 87 139 4-5 252 234 L5
Big Ten – Leaders W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
Ohio State 5-0 224 92 9-0 434 153 W9
Wisconsin 4-1 184 88 7-2 334 137 W4
Indiana 2-3 210 206 4-5 388 337 W1
Penn State 2-3 115 188 5-4 248 246 L1
Illinois 0-5 106 213 3-6 267 312 L5
Purdue 0-5 31 193 1-8 106 335 L7

Michigan has struggled all year and looks like Brady Hoke’s rebuilding job is far from being complete. Some worry that he will only do well with his predecessor Rich Rodriguez’s recruits. They have a 6-3 record, but have a 2-3 conference record. Iowa, Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern are all struggling. Northwestern had lost 5 straight since going 4-0 and hanging close with Ohio State.

In basketball, Ohio State and Michigan are the favorites to take the conference title. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has a record of proven success and will always get top recruits. He gets top defensive point guard Aaron Craft back, which will be good for causing turnovers.

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Michigan, who lost to Louisville in last year’s NCAA championship game, lost starting point guard Trey Burke and athletic shooting guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. to the NBA draft. They return phenom sophomore Mitch McGary (who is currently battling back spasms) and Glen Rice, Jr. Where their offensive and assist production will come from, other than those two, is a huge question mark.

You always know that Indiana will fight back after losing top players Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to the NBA draft with head coach Tom Crean in charge. Assembly Hall will be rocking this season. And, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will bring his stingy and choking defense and timely 3-point shooting to each and every game.

In football, it’s a one-horse race in Ohio State. In basketball, who knows what could happen. One thing is for sure, we’ll miss Trey Burke’s sharpshooting in crunch time:

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About Spencer Irvine

Fun loving, D.C. area sports fan, which means I'm frustrated and still can't get a grip on what a win truly means (or a championship for that matter).

2 responses to “B1G Ten: Leaves a Lot to Be Desired”

  1. Barrett Bills says :

    I’m a Michigan man through and through but I’m willing to admit as everyone has predicted that Michigan State is likely to win the B1G title in basketball. Ohio State isn’t likely to have a realistic shot with Deshaun Thomas gone and Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s inconsistencies on offense. Their defense will be good but their offense won’t be up to snuff. Michigan’s offense will be there but we have some issues on defense that may take a while to address, especially our lack of true size in the post though we at least have experience now. Michigan State, as much as I hate them(though not as much as Ohio State), are the true class of the B1G in basketball this year and there’s really no doubt about that. Michigan and Ohio State will fight throughout the season but MSU should take the title outright this year unless Michigan’s youthful backcourt can find it’s rhythm. Indiana isn’t doing much at all this season but Wisconsin is still a real threat to challenge while Minnesota has the talent and experience to at least make the tourney though it’s too early to be talking about March. That’s another discussion for another time. Just an opinion of a lifelong fan of the B1G.

    • Spencer Irvine says :

      As an ACC basketball fan, I still can’t believe I missed talking about Michigan State. That was a big omission on my part. I’ll make sure to give Sparty some credit (though you’re a Big Blue fan) in my official basketball preview when conference play starts. This was a hybrid first look at this upcoming season for football/basketball and I have room to grow as an analyst haha. Thanks for your input, it’s been noted.

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