Our Huge Ten specialists within the USA TODAY Sports activities Community make daring predictions coming into the 2020 school soccer season.
Frank Bodani, York Every day Document: Minnesota will construct on its success from 2019 by profitable the Huge Ten West division, taking part in in its first Huge Ten title recreation and taking Ohio State to the wire.
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Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Rutgers will discover one victory through the nine-week season. Crossover video games in opposition to Illinois and Purdue together with matchups in opposition to Michigan State and Maryland present the Scarlet Knights a respectable probability to provide Greg Schiano slightly momentum in his first season.
Graham Sofa, The Lansing State Journal: Indiana finishes second within the Huge Ten East, behind solely Ohio State.
Mark Emmert, The Des Moines Register: Lovie Smith guides Illinois to a 5-3 document in his fifth season on the helm. Quarterback Brandon Peters leads a prolific passing assault that includes vast receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe in shootout wins over Purdue, Minnesota and Nebraska, and the Illini give Ohio State its greatest scare of and undefeated season.
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Chris Iseman, Asbury Park Press: Ohio State may boast probably the most expertise within the Huge Ten by far, however it is a bizarre 12 months. The Buckeyes received’t go undefeated however nonetheless will make the Faculty Soccer Playoff as anticipated.
Chad Leistikow, The Des Moines Register: All 14 groups will full the nine-game season with out a coronavirus interruption, and all 14 head coaches will return to their respective establishments for the 2021 season.
Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star: In a bizarre 12 months, the West wins the Huge Ten title recreation for the primary time for the reason that divisions have been realigned. AND Ohio State nonetheless goes to the playoff. Like I mentioned, bizarre 12 months.
Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Michigan and Nebraska, coached by former quarterbacks who returned to their respective alma maters in an try and rekindle reminiscences of previous glory, will fail to win division titles. Because of this, the respective fan bases will start to surprise if the precise man is in cost.
Invoice Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch: The Huge Ten protocols will maintain up higher than anticipated and few video games shall be canceled. On condition that there is no margin for error for the reason that season is beginning so late, let’s hope this seems to be an correct prediction.
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Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press: After slogging via a 3-9 season in 2020, Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald will negotiate a turnaround. With Indiana grad switch Peyton Ramsey in cost and a brand new coordinator calling performs, the Wildcats ought to be capable of make dramatic enhancements on offense after ending final season fifth-worst in scoring.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press: Minnesota will overtake Wisconsin and win the West. The Badgers misplaced so much on offense and quarterback Jack Coan is injured; Minnesota has the deadly mixture of Tanner Morgan and Rashod Bateman, and that is the 12 months of offense. Row the boat (no less than till the Gophers play Ohio State).
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press: The West shall be extra aggressive than mediocre, however the Jack Coan harm damages Wisconsin’s probability as a lot because the schedule-makers harm Nebraska’s. Enter Minnesota because the darkish horse. As many holes because the Gophers must fill on protection, they’ve probably the most dynamic offensive passing tandem in QB Tanner Morgan and WR Rashod Bateman, all 5 OL again and the motivational dynamo that’s PJ Fleck.
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