Thursday, August 2, 2012
Michigan, MSU not my preseason Big Ten favorite
I can’t be the only one that was a little surprised to see
Michigan as the
preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Championship this year when the poll came
out at Big Ten Media Day.
It’s not to discredit
as they clearly have a team that should contend for the title. But, to me, the
favorite seems obvious. And no, I am not talking about
either. Michigan State
In my OPINION,
is the front runner in the Big Ten. Not necessarily because they have the most
talent, but because their road to the championship is far easier than Michigan’s or ’s. Michigan
State and Penn
State are unable to compete in the Big
Ten Championship Game due to ongoing sanctions, that leaves Wisconsin,
Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana to contend for the right to
represent the Leaders Division in the title game.
Ohio State was eligible for postseason play, the Buckeyes
still might not be able to beat Wisconsin.
The Badgers won’t be as impressive offensively this season, but Danny O’Brien
is still a viable quarterback and Montee Ball and James White are more than
capable of racking up a combined 2,500 rushing yards.
The fact is,
basically needs to play average just to make the title game, and then it is a
one-game shot to win it all.
Consider the roads that
Michigan and MSU have.
The Wolverines have road games at
and and still have to try to get over
this losing streak to the Spartans at home. We have all seen what the MSU
defense is capable of doing to Denard Robinson. Ohio State
For the Spartans, winning in
this year will be a huge challenge, but they also have to head to Wisconsin while hosting Ohio
State and Nebraska. They also have to do this with a
new quarterback and a brand new group of receivers.
Sure, both the Spartans and Wolverines have great potential. But, in any championship season, you need a few breaks.