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August 10, 2010

Rivals.com expert predictions: Big Ten

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We asked our five football writers to answer a few questions about the Big Ten, some serious and some light-hearted. Here are their responses:

WHO WINS THE LEAGUE?
Olin Buchanan: Ohio State
Tom Dienhart: Ohio State
David Fox: Iowa
Mike Huguenin: Ohio State
Steve Megargee: Ohio State
WHICH TEAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Olin Buchanan: Michigan
Tom Dienhart: Minnesota
David Fox: Penn State
Mike Huguenin: Wisconsin
Steve Megargee: Penn State
IF I WERE {BLANK}, I'D REALLY BE WORRIED.
Olin Buchanan: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. Two consecutive losing seasons don't sit well at Michigan. Three in a row won't be tolerated, especially with a new athletic director.
Tom Dienhart: Minnesota coach Tim Brewster. He needs to fill his stadium, get a signature victory and win a bowl, or he may be canned.
David Fox: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. His current school is under NCAA investigation, as is his previous school. He is 8-16 in two seasons, and I don't know if the Wolverines are getting any better.
Mike Huguenin: Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. There are numerous reasons he should be uneasy, not the least of which is that there seems to be a rather sizable group of Wolverines boosters who want him gone. There also is the NCAA investigation and his rancid defense. The Wolverines should get to a bowl, but will going 6-6 or 7-5 get him another season?
Steve Megargee: Illinois coach Ron Zook. He may be occupying the hottest seat in all of college football.
WHERE DOES THIS LEAGUE RANK IN RELATION TO OTHERS?
Olin Buchanan: Fourth
Tom Dienhart: Second
David Fox: Second
Mike Huguenin: Fourth
Steve Megargee: Third
THE PLAYER YOU MOST LIKE TO WATCH FROM THIS LEAGUE
Olin Buchanan: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Tom Dienhart: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
David Fox: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Mike Huguenin: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Steve Megargee: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING?
Olin Buchanan: Wisconsin's John Clay
Tom Dienhart: Wisconsin's John Clay
David Fox: Wisconsin's John Clay
Mike Huguenin: Wisconsin's John Clay
Steve Megargee: Wisconsin's John Clay
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN PASSING?
Olin Buchanan: Iowa's Ricky Stanzi
Tom Dienhart: Purdue's Robert Marve
David Fox: Purdue's Robert Marve
Mike Huguenin: Indiana's Ben Chappell
Steve Megargee: Purdue's Robert Marve
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RECEPTIONS?
Olin Buchanan: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey
Tom Dienhart: Purdue WR Keith Smith
David Fox: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
Mike Huguenin: Purdue WR Keith Smith
Steve Megargee: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN TACKLES?
Olin Buchanan: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
Tom Dienhart: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
David Fox: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
Mike Huguenin: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
Steve Megargee: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
WHO HAS THE BEST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Michigan
Tom Dienhart: Iowa
David Fox: Michigan
Mike Huguenin: Michigan
Steve Megargee: Michigan
WHO HAS THE WORST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Penn State
Tom Dienhart: Penn State
David Fox: Illinois
Mike Huguenin: Penn State
Steve Megargee: Illinois
CITY IN THIS LEAGUE YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT
Olin Buchanan: Madison, Wis.
Tom Dienhart: Madison, Wis.
David Fox: Madison, Wis.
Mike Huguenin: Iowa City
Steve Megargee: Evanston, Ill.



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