Nebraska vs Northwestern Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

Nebraska vs Northwestern game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 0 game on Saturday, August, 27

Nebraska vs Northwestern prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 0, Saturday, August 27

Nebraska vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, August 27
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Nebraska (0-0), Northwestern (0-0)
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Nebraska vs Northwestern Game Preview

Why Northwestern Will Win

So what changed over the last several months?

When we last saw Nebraska win a football game, it had no problem with Northwestern in a 56-7 blowout – that was the only Husker win since September 11th.

How is Northwestern better than last season when nothing seemed to work right in a disastrous 3-9 run?

To start, the offensive line will be a major plus around All-America tackle Peter Skoronski, there should be more of a running game, and the defense got a little help from the transfer portal for the line.

On the other side, there’s a big-time PROVE IT factor for Nebraska.

It went 3-9, too. Head coach Scott Frost wasn’t replaced after another awful year, the defense has to prove it can start taking the ball away, and QB Adrian Martinez is off doing his thing at Kansas State.

If Northwestern can slow this down, keep it low scoring, and make it about who’ll screw up first, it’ll be in good shape against the team that has all the pressure on its side.

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Why Nebraska Will Win

Nebraska just got more talented.

It’s still missing the playmakers across the board to make a ton of noise nationally, but QB Casey Thompson was a good get from Texas, and the receiving corps got a ton of help with Trey Palmer from LSU, Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda from New Mexico State, and Marcus Washington from Texas. The defense filled in a few spots and helped boost up the depth.

The biggest change is with the style, getting offensive coordinator Mark Whipple over from Pitt – he helped make Kenny Pickett a ton of money.

Get ready for a far more dangerous passing game, and it starts with hitting a Northwestern secondary that doesn’t return anyone who came up with a pick in 2021.

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What’s Going To Happen

Really? You’re going to pick against a guy named Fitzgerald in Ireland?

Northwestern and Nebraska were supposed to go to Dublin in 2020, but a global pandemic had something to do with that getting moved. Now the two kick off the Big Ten season in Week 0, and it’s massive for both teams.

Northwestern has to show that the problems of 2021 are well in the past and the style, toughness, and line play can be enough to get back to a high level.

Nebraska has to show that all the changes under Frost were enough to start winning.

Don’t expect anything pretty.

The Northwestern lines will be strong from the start as Fitzgerald’s squad slows things down to a dead stop at times. Nebraska won’t have the running game to control the clock, and the third down conversions won’t be there on a consistent basis.

However, Nebraska will hit two deep plays in the second half to finally start to pull away a little bit. Northwestern will have its chances late, but its fourth quarter drives will stall as the Huskers get out with a stronger-that-it-will look win.

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Nebraska vs Northwestern Prediction, Line

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You want the predictions for the 2022 Big Ten football season? It’s not all that hard …

Ohio State is going to be fantastic, and now it’s mad.

We got the Michigan curveball last year. It’s rebuilding, but it’s still going to be strong. Michigan State and Penn State are good, Wisconsin is really good, Iowa is Iowa, and others like Maryland and Nebraska should rise up and have good seasons.

Who can catch the Buckeyes?

More interesting will be a few strange twists and turns. Most of the solid teams can hang with or beat anyone else in the conference, and on the right day an Illinois or Northwestern or Rutgers should have the formula to pull off something fun.

There are two more years before USC and UCLA come aboard. That’s all anyone will be talking about, but until then, this season should be entertaining – at least outside of what OSU will probably do.

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Big Ten Preseason Predictions: East

Big Ten East Predicted Finish

1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. Penn State
4. Michigan State
5. Maryland
T6. Indiana
T6. Rutgers

Indiana Hoosiers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 2-7
2021: 2-10, Prediction: 7-5
2020: 6-2, Prediction: 6-2
2019: 5-7, Prediction: 5-7

Sept 2 Illinois W
Sept 10 Idaho W
Sept 17 WKU W
Sept 24 at Cincinnati L
Oct 1 at Nebraska L
Oct 8 Michigan L
Oct 15 Maryland W
Oct 22 at Rutgers L
Nov 5 Penn State L
Nov 12 at Ohio State L
Nov 19 at Michigan State L
Nov 26 Purdue
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Maryland Terrapins

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 3-6
2021:7-6 , Prediction: 4-8
2020: 2-3, Prediction: 3-9
2019: 3-9, Prediction: 6-6

Sept 3 Buffalo W
Sept 10 at Charlotte W
Sept 17 South Alabama W
Sept 24 at Michigan L
Oct 1 Michigan State W
Oct 8 Purdue W
Oct 15 at Indiana L
Oct 22 Northwestern L
Nov 5 at Wisconsin L
Nov 12 at Penn State L
Nov 19 Ohio State L
Nov 26 Rutgers W
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Michigan Wolverines

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 7-2
2021:12-2 , Prediction: 9-3
2020: 2-4, Prediction: 10-2
2019: 9-4, Prediction: 11-1

Sept 3 Colorado State W
Sept 10 Hawaii W
Sept 17 UConn W
Sept 24 Maryland W
Oct 1 at Iowa L
Oct 8 at Indiana W
Oct 15 Penn State W
Oct 29 Michigan State W
Nov 5 at Rutgers W
Nov 12 Nebraska W
Nov 19 Illinois W
Nov 26 at Ohio State L
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Michigan State Spartans

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 5-4
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 5-7
2020: 2-5, Prediction: 6-6
2019: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3

Sept 2 Western Michigan W
Sept 10 Akron W
Sept 17 at Washington W
Sept 24 Minnesota W
Oct 1 at Maryland L
Oct 8 Ohio State L
Oct 15 Wisconsin W
Oct 29 at Michigan L
Nov 5 at Illinois W
Nov 12 Rutgers W
Nov 19 Indiana W
Nov 26 at Penn State L
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Ohio State Buckeyes

2022 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 7-1
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 12-0
2020: 7-1, Prediction: 11-1
2019: 13-1, Prediction: 10-2

Sept 3 Notre Dame W
Sept 10 Arkansas State W
Sept 17 Toledo W
Sept 24 Wisconsin W
Oct 1 Rutgers W
Oct 8 at Michigan State W
Oct 22 Iowa W
Oct 29 at Penn State L
Nov 5 at Northwestern W
Nov 12 Indiana W
Nov 19 at Maryland W
Nov 26 Michigan W
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Penn State Nittany Lions

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 6-3
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 4-5, Prediction: 10-2
2019: 11-2, Prediction: 9-3

Sept 3 at Purdue L
Sept 10 Ohio W
Sept 17 at Auburn L
Sept 24 Central Michigan W
Oct 1 Northwestern W
Oct 15 at Michigan L
Oct 22 Minnesota L
Oct 29 Ohio State W
Nov 5 at Indiana W
Nov 12 Maryland W
Nov 19 at Rutgers W
Nov 26 Michigan State W
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Big Ten Prediction: 2-7
2021: 5-8, Prediction: 5-7
2020: 3-6, Prediction: 3-9
2019: 2-10, Prediction: 3-9

Sept 3 at Boston College L
Sept 10 Wagner W
Sept 17 at Temple W
Sept 24 Iowa L
Oct 1 at Ohio State L
Oct 7 Nebraska W
Oct 22 Indiana W
Oct 29 at Minnesota L
Nov 5 Michigan L
Nov 12 at Michigan State L
Nov 19 Penn State L
Nov 26 at Maryland L
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Northwestern Wildcats Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Northwestern College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

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You try to figure out what Northwestern is going to do.

Miserable in 2019, it came back from a 3-9 season to go 7-2 with one of those losses to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.

Last year’s team was supposed to be better in a whole slew of ways, and …


Very, very nope.

Bad defense, worse offense, and another 3-9 season with a team that didn’t score more than 14 points in any of the six games and in seven of the last eight. So of course …

Book tickets for Indianapolis in early December.

Pat Fitzgerald had two straight 5-7 seasons in 2013 and 2014, and that’s been the only time in 16 years the program that was once synonymous with losing had two straight losing seasons.

This year’s team has the experience to be better, but the execution has to be there and the style has to work.

Northwestern has to make teams play its style, and that only works if the defense is great because …

Northwestern Wildcats Preview 2022: Offense

The Northwestern is the Northwestern offense. It’s not like the 2018 version that went to the Big Ten Championship lit it up, and the 2020 O only scored more than 28 in the opener and the bowl game.

For this all to work, the offense has to hit its third down conversions (it didn’t),  it can’t turn the ball over (not even close), and the passing game has to be efficient (nyuh-uh). However …

This year’s offensive line should be a positive. Four starters are expected back around terrific left tackle Peter Skoronski, and there’s a little bit of depth to play around with. The running game that averaged 144 yards per game now has to do more.

The Wildcats ripped up Ohio and Indiana State on the ground, and that was about it. The 2020 version wasn’t great, but the 3.74 yards per carry were actually slightly more than they came up with in 2020. The combination of Evan Hull and Andrew Clair are experienced enough to be at least as good as last year.

The Wildcats couldn’t settle on a quarterback, and now it’s down to two. Hunter Johnson went back to Clemson, and Andrew Marty is done, but former South Carolina starter Ryan Hilinski and redshirt freshman Brendan Sullivan will keep battling it out through fall camp.

No. 2 receiver Malik Washington caught 44 passes for 578 yards and two scores, but the Wildcats need more downfield playmakers. Hull will make a slew of catches out of the backfield.

Overall, here’s the part that gets lost over the years. Even when Northwestern is winning the offense isn’t any good. That’s sort of part of the deal and the style – in a weird way – however …

Northwestern Wildcats Preview 2022: Defense

Northwestern can’t win unless the defense is great. The 2020 version allowed just 4.86 yards per play, and the program hadn’t given up more than five yards per snap since allowing 6.13 in 2011. Last year? 6.15 yards per play.

The defense didn’t generate any pressure, was the second worst in the Big Ten overall, and was totally miserable against the run with the worst production in the conference. Unfortunately, this might take a little more work.

The Wildcats have a great one in Bryce Gallagher in the middle of the linebacking corps, but 141-tackle Chris Bergin is gone from the outside. It’s Northwestern – Pat Fitzgerald’s linebackers are going to be great – but there could be a learning curve.

The defensive front is also undergoing an overhaul. Adetomiwa Adebawore is a good veteran pass rusher, but the tackles are coming from the transfer portal. Taishan Holmes (UMass), Ryan Johnson (Stanford), and Henrik Barndt (Indiana State) had better be great, or this will be a long season.

The secondary lost a future NFL starter in safety Brandon Joseph. Two problems: 1) Northwestern only came up with six interceptions and 2) none of those are coming back – Joseph led the team with two.

He’s off to Notre Dame, but the other three starters should be back including good tackler Coco Azema at the other safety spot and the corner tandem of Cameron Mitchell and AJ Hampton.

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CFN Preseason All-Big Ten Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Big Ten going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big Ten team,  and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the Big Ten going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big Ten team and top 30 players.

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2022 Preseason CFN Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

QB CJ Stroud, Soph. Ohio State

Try not to compare the 2022 Stroud to the 2021 version that put up astronomical numbers and would’ve won the Heisman in a walk if Ohio State got past Michigan and if Auburn’s Tank Bigsby had stayed in bounds late against Alabama.

Stroud rolled up over 4,400 yards with 44 touchdowns and six picks last year, hitting 72% of his passes along the way. He’s probably not going to do that again for one simple reason – he won’t have to. He had to keep bombing away at times with the Buckeye defense struggling to be its normal self.

As long as he keeps the completion percentage to around 70%, keeps the interceptions at a bare minimum, and hits his third down throws, he’ll be fine.

Of course, he’ll be better than fine, though.

2022 Preseason CFN Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

LB Jack Campbell, Sr. Iowa

The Iowa linebackers know how to tackle and tackle and tackle some more. Campbell and running mate Seth Benson should combine for over 250 tackles if everything goes right in what should be another big year for the Hawkeye D.

Campbell won’t be as disruptive as Wisconsin’s Nate Herbig, and he might not bring the value like several of the top linemen, but he’ll eat up everything again after leading the nation with 143 tackles with a fumble return for a score, two interceptions – taking one for a touchdown – and with 3.5 tackles for loss.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big Ten Team: Offense

QB CJ Stroud, Soph. Ohio State

RB Braelon Allen, Soph. Wisconsin

RB TreVeyon Henderson, Soph. Ohio State

WR Jayden Reed, Sr. Michigan State

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jr. Ohio State

TE Sam LaPorta, Sr. Iowa

OT Ryan Hayes, Sr. Michigan

OG Tyler Beach, Sr. Wisconsin

C Olusegun Oluwatimi, Sr. Michigan

OG Zak Zinter, Jr. Michigan

OT Peter Skoronski, Jr. Northwestern

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big Ten Team: Defense

DE Zach Harrison, Sr. Ohio State

DT Keeanu Benton, Sr. Wisconsin

DT PJ Mustipher, Sr. Penn State

DE Isaiah Mullens, Sr. Wisconsin

LB Jack Campbell, Sr. Iowa

LB Nick Herbig, Jr. Wisconsin

LB Luke Reimer, Jr. Nebraska

CB Denzel Burke, Soph. Ohio State

S Cam Allen, Sr. Purdue

S Sydney Brown, Sr. Illinois

CB Riley Moss, Sr. Iowa

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big Ten Team: Special Teams

PK Noah Ruggles, Sr. Ohio State

P Tory Taylor, Jr. Iowa

KR Emeka Egbuga, RFr. Ohio State

PR AJ Henning, Jr. Michigan

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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Big Ten Players

30. Tiawan Mullen, CB Jr. Indiana

29. Taulia Tagovailoa, QB Sr. Maryland

28. Aidan O’Connell, QB Sr. Purdue

27. Jaelyn Duncan, OT Sr. Maryland

26. John Michael Schmitz, C Sr. Minnesota

25. Christian Izien, S Sr. Rutgers

24. Seth Benson, LB Sr. Iowa

23. Luke Reimer, LB Jr. Nebraska

22. Zak Zinter, OG Jr. Michigan

21. Cam Allen, S Sr. Purdue

20. Olusegun Oluwatimi, C Sr. Michigan

19. Zach Harrison, DE Sr. Ohio State

18. Sydney Brown, S Sr. Illinois

17. Dontay Demus, WR Sr. Maryland

16. Keeanu Benton, DT Sr. Wisconsin

15. Jayden Reed, WR Sr. Michigan State

14. Paris Johnson, OT Jr. Ohio State

13. Joey Porter, CB Jr. Penn State

12. Jack Nelson, OT Soph. Wisconsin

11. Ryan Hayes, OT Sr. Michigan

10. Denzel Burke, CB Soph. Ohio State

9. Riley Moss, CB Sr. Iowa

8. Peter Skoronski, OT Jr. Northwestern

7. Mohamed Ibrahim, RB Sr. Minnesota

6. Nick Herbig, LB Jr. Wisconsin

5. Braelon Allen, RB Soph. Wisconsin

4. Jack Campbell, LB Sr. Iowa

3. TreVeyon Henderson, RB Soph. Ohio State

2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR Jr. Ohio State

1. CJ Stroud, QB Soph. Ohio State

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UCLA, USC To Big Ten? Now What For Pac-12, SEC, Notre Dame, College Football?

USC and UCLA to the Big Ten? And you thought the Big Ten was just going to let the SEC have all the fun. Pac-12 insider of insiders Jon Wilner shook up the world with his tweet that the Big Ten was going to expand with USC and UCLA – or, at least, …

USC and UCLA to the Big Ten?

And you thought the Big Ten was just going to let the SEC have all the fun.

Pac-12 insider of insiders Jon Wilner shook up the world with his tweet that the Big Ten was going to expand with USC and UCLA – or, at least, it was close to making this happen.

That’s it. That’s the move. That’s EXACTLY what the biggest, richest, and most powerful conference in sports had to do to push back against the SEC’s landing of Oklahoma and Texas – and I still won’t believe Texas is actually doing this and not going to the Big Ten, or staying put, until I actually see it.

And now everyone will go crazy wondering what happens next. What’s next for the Big Ten, and the SEC, and the Big 12, and Notre Dame, and the Pac-12, and for college football?

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Big Ten. Now what does it do?

You mean besides warm up the cash printing machine?

1) It adds two powerhouse academic institutions. UCLA instantly becomes the second-best school in the Big Ten behind Northwestern, and USC is right there with Michigan.

2) They were the two biggest schools that made sense considering Notre Dame still isn’t a real possibility and the ACC is all but off the table with its awful Grant of Rights deal locking in the member institutions.

3) You want to play, SEC? Yeah, having Houston and Atlanta and parts of Florida is good, but Los Angeles, Chicago, New York – or whatever New York is in the college football landscape – most of Pennsylvania, Detroit, all of Ohio, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

4) Coast-to-coast. The Big Ten now is a truly national conference from sea to shining sea. The SEC is regionalized to one section of the country. However, the Big Ten – for all its big things and exposure – isn’t going to make so much as a dent in the SEC markets.

5) North Carolina. It makes too much sense. For all of the talk about the SEC taking over with world domination, get North Carolina and USC and UCLA, and … Notre Dame?

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Pac-12. Now what does it do?

Commissioner George Kliavkoff came in talking about expansion, and being forward-thinking, and seemingly being ready to expand the brand, but now has has to piece together the markets to make up for losing these two monster schools.

There are a few moves the conference can make right away to help ease the pain a little bit.

1) First, forgive for overusing this bit, but it works – you can’t replace Giambi and Damon, but you can Moneyball your way up to being okay.

The Big 12 did it by getting four big schools with big fan bases and enrollment and markets – BYU, Houston, UCF, and Cincinnati – to help make up for it.

The Pac-12 needs schools, markets, and fan bases. Don’t get caught up in the sports aspect of expansion – that comes and goes; it’s about the business side of things.

Kansas just won the basketball national championship. The football side might be struggling – to be nice about it – but it’s got Kansas City and St. Louis along with a national base for hoops. It’s also a Tier 1 research school, and it works well with Colorado relatively nearby.

Kliavkoff has from the start all but said Las Vegas is going to be a part of the mix, so forgetting how bad the football team has been getting UNLV is like the Big Ten bringing in Rutgers.

San Diego State makes too much sense – big market without the NFL, new stadium, repositioning school that works with Arizona and Arizona State. The one problem is the Tier 1 research side – it’s not there, but neither was Nebraska when the Big Ten took it on.

It’s not replacing USC or UCLA, but Kansas, San Diego State, UNLV, and let’s throw in the idea of …

Notre Dame. Now what does it do?

You think Notre Dame will want to be left out of the party?

The Big Ten now starts to make a lot more sense. There’s already the rivalry tie-in with USC, there’s the national feel to the conference – at least more than the ACC or SEC – now in the strange dance these two have done over the years, the Big Ten is now in the much, much stronger position.

Or the Pac-12 makes a pitch.

Keep the game with USC every year, but join the conference with Stanford, and Cal, and keep the academic profile up all while being in a manageable league with big markets and not a ton of killers on the slate.

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SEC. Now what does it do?

Lock down Texas and Oklahoma and don’t let them go.

It’s already a done deal, but pay whatever is needed to get those two in the conference now, because Texas always made more sense for the Big Ten, and that’s even more so now. Oklahoma always made more sense for the Pac-12, and that’s even more so now.

But that’s not happening – Texas and Oklahoma will go to the SEC.

No, going after Clemson, Florida State, and Miami doesn’t make the sense you might think it would. It doesn’t expand the footprint or the markets. The Big Ten is now coast-to-coast – the SEC needs to get out of the lower right side of the country.

Notre Dame and North Carolina are the dreams, but if the Big Ten can go from one side of the nation to the other, why not Washington? Why not Oregon?

No, assume the SEC sticks with what it has – remember, ACC teams are all but locked into its media deals.

Big 12. Now what does it do?

Go, go … GO.

Go pitch Arizona and Arizona State.

Go pitch Colorado to come back. Go see what you can get out of the Pac-12 and get harder, better, faster, stronger.

More realistically, lock down your programs. Make sure the Pac-12 doesn’t come sniffing around Kansas, and Iowa State, and Oklahoma State. Or go after San Diego State, Boise State, UNLV, and Colorado State – grab the Mountain West teams before the Pac-12 wakes up and does it.

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College football. Now what does it do?

No, it’s not the end of college football as you know it. It’s going to be fine, it’s going to be fun, and it’s not really going to change your love of the game like you might think it will.

The biggest thing out of all of this will be a College Football Playoff expansion.

Now it’s a must considering the SEC and Big Ten are way too big, way too powerful, and there needs to be a locked in way for a 12-team tournament to include all the Power Five conference champs and a Group of Five champ, all while assuring the two big conferences that they’ll each get their three or so stars in every year.

All that, and road trips to LA for the Big Ten fans.

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So where’s the curveball going to come from this year in the Big Ten?

Last year it was Michigan getting over the hump – at least, it did after losing to a surprising Michigan State team – the year before it was Indiana rising up and Northwestern getting to the Big Ten Championship for the second time in three years, and this year it’s …

Nebraska? Maybe. Maryland? To a point, potentially, or …

Maybe it’s back to Ohio State and 13 other teams.

There’s a whole lot of fun to be had with all 14 teams looking either improved or good enough to make a reasonable push for a strong season. Of course, that’s not how this all works, but it’s Spring. It’s a time for hope.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every Big Ten School

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With the history of the Big Ten there are loads and loads of Hall of Famers and all-time great NFL draft picks to choose from. So who are the best of all-time coming from the conference?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Big Ten schools – these are the best draft picks.

The guys who had great careers for someone other than teams that drafted them get knocked down a peg, or aren’t on the list at all. For example, Purdue’s Drew Brees was obviously an all-time NFL great, but for New Orleans, not the Chargers.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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Big Ten Expansion. NOW What Does It Do? 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 14

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else

14. Big Ten expansion: NOW what does it do?

Conference expansion and realignment have been a part of college football ever since college alliances began, but business-wise, it all went up a few notches in the early 1990s.

The Southwest Conference and Big 8 created the Big 12, Florida State joined the ACC – setting the tone for a wave of additions from the Big East – and Penn State went to the most forward-thinking conference of the bunch, the Big Ten.

Even when the Big Ten wasn’t bringing aboard schools, it was getting everyone talking.

When it has expansion and big business ideas, the B1G usually tells you what it’s going to do – or, at the very least, hints at it – and why? Because it can.

However, after Texas and Oklahoma made the move to the SEC, the Big Ten has been strangely quiet when it comes to conference expansion. As in, like, dead silent.

Under former Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the conference had a way of subtly letting out the expansion trial balloons to see which way the wind was blowing. So far under new commissioner Kevin Warren, there’s apparently no interest in adding more schools, everything is fine as is, and …

There aren’t a whole lot of options. That’s the problem. And there’s a bigger existential concern that Big Ten people don’t like to talk about at parties …

Ohio State.

All of a sudden, the SEC is positioning itself to take over the Big Ten as the most dominant revenue producing conference, but it needs more. It needs to make people outside of the southeast part of the country care about the product when it’s not the Alabama vs. Big Other SEC Team of the Moment showdown.

The SEC getting Oklahoma was one thing, but landing Texas changed the game.

First, it’s Texas. Blow off the problems on the football field; that’s the big boy at the table when it comes to revenue producing athletic departments.

Second, it’s Texas. It’s going to step in and be the second-best academic institution in the SEC behind Vanderbilt, or arguably 2B along with Florida.

Third, it’s Texas. Having Texas A&M is great, but you get the University of Texas, you get all the big markets across the entire state including a lockdown of the Dallas/Fort Worth area – the fifth largest media market in the country.

The SEC now owns Dallas, it owns Atlanta (7th largest media market according to the Nielsen Ratings), and it pretty much has Houston (8th), Tampa/St. Petersburg (13th), and Orlando (17th). That’s not quite like having Chicago (3rd), Philadelphia (4th), Washington DC (9th), Minneapolis (14th), Detroit (15th), Cleveland (19th) and whatever parts of New York that cares about college football, but it’s huge.

And the Big Ten totally blew it.

Big Ten 2022 Schedule Analysis: 3 things to know
Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan
Michigan State | 
Minnesota | Nebraska | Ohio State
Penn State | PurdueRutgers | Wisconsin

It was one of those spitballed ideas several years ago when the Big Ten was looking to expand. Texas was – and still is – the PERFECT fit for the Big Ten in every possible way. As I said in an earlier rant, Texas people aren’t doing their jobs – in terms of potential football success, revenue, and academic profile – if it doesn’t do a double-take on this SEC move.

But that’s not going to happen, Texas is going to the SEC, and that opens the gate for every big-time athletic school that would trade it all for a little bit more.

It’s doubtful the SEC could ever get Michigan – horrible academic branding downgrade – but Ohio State? It’s been more than just hinted that the SEC would love to get THE school in Ohio and all but end any possible balance of college football power.

Of course there’s the sports side, but to get all of the Ohio markets – and create a much, much bigger overall media deal – would be a devastating blow to the Big Ten.

No, I don’t think Ohio State is ever leaving the Big Ten, but it sure as shoot has a whole lot of negotiating power with a whole lot of muscle.

So now the Big Ten has to do something splashy to not only keep up with the SEC, but to make the current members richer and happier. 

But how?

There are two expansion issues for the conference. Expansion only makes sense if it raises the revenue for everyone. There’s no reason to keep adding schools just to add schools if it splits up the pie a few more slices. The other issue is the lack of options.

Part arrogance, part negotiating stalemates, part not wanting to add big-time football schools to make life a wee bit harder for the powerhouses – notice there was no griping whatsoever from the football coaches after adding Rutgers and Maryland – the Big Ten didn’t get Texas. It never really came all that close to figuring it out with Notre Dame – that was on both sides. It completely whiffed by not jumping on Missouri and Colorado to expand west, and it didn’t really go hard enough on the top ACC schools when it had the chance. 

That last one is the killer. 

The Big Ten would LOVE to have North Carolina – it fits in the exact same way Texas would have. It would have probably pushed for Georgia Tech for the Atlanta market – just like it wanted Rutgers for New York/New Jersey and Maryland for Baltimore/Washington DC – Boston College and Syracuse would’ve been interesting ideas, and Virginia would be a no-brainer.

But the ACC has its schools locked up until 2035 in a rough media deal – that’s sort of why you haven’t heard much about the SEC putting a fence around the southeast part of the country by taking over Clemson, Florida State, and Miami.

Everything has its price, and there’s always a way, but the ACC is all but out. Notre Dame continues to be a non-starter, and the Big Ten and Pac-12 don’t seem to want to mess with each other in any sort of expansion rumors – even though USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, and Washington are all probably more in the Big Ten’s thought bubble than many might want to believe.

So now what?

There are only a few schools that make sense for what the Big Ten is looking for. They have to be Tier 1 research universities with a good media reach and the ability expand the overall footprint – don’t worry too much about geography and travel; it’s 1,300 miles from Piscataway to Lincoln.

And it has to have the main schools the respective states – like THE University of Nebraska, and THE University of Maryland, and THE State University of New Jersey.

The easy starting point would be Kansas – great basketball, Tier 1 research, Kansas City and St. Louis markets, easy geographic rival for the Big Ten West – but that’s not exactly matching the SEC getting Oklahoma and Texas.

All of the other Big 12 schools other than TCU have the Tier 1 academic profile, but … nah. West Virginia doesn’t really fit, and the Big Ten isn’t going after Iowa State when it has Iowa, or Kansas State when it can probably get Kansas.

So that leaves the Pac-12. The Big Ten doesn’t want to ruffle that relationship, but business is business, and Colorado would slide right in and be at home in the Big Ten. The Pac-12 would get all mad, and then it would finally do what it should’ve done years ago and snatch Colorado State, San Diego State, and UNLV from the Mountain West.

Colorado and Kansas? Really? That would be the Big Ten’s smartest and best answer to the SEC getting Texas and Oklahoma? 

Yeah – because it works. 

Remember, this is business – don’t get caught up in level of play on the football field. 

Colorado would be about adding Denver – the 16th biggest media market in the country – and Kansas, again, gets you Kansas City (34th) and helps with St. Louis (23rd) to go along with the national basketball base that would park it on the Big Ten Network during the season.

Or nothing could happen, the Big Ten will keep printing money, and it’ll spend its time working on keeping the member institutions from thinking about entering the conference transfer portal.

But it’s the Big Ten. It might be quiet, but ohhhhhhhh, no. It’s not going to sit this one out.

You really think the Big Ten is going to let the SEC take over the world?

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams


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NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Friday games

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NCAA Tournament First Round: Friday
Ohio State vs Loyola | Auburn vs Jax State
Texas Tech vs Montana State | Purdue vs Yale
Villanova vs Delaware | USC vs Miami
Alabama vs Notre Dame | Texas vs Va Tech
Illinois vs Chatt | Duke vs Cal St Fullerton
LSU vs Iowa State | Arizona vs Wright State
Houston vs UAB | Michigan State vs Davidson
Wisconsin vs Colgate | Seton Hall vs TCU
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NCAA Tournament First Round
Ohio State vs Loyola Chicago

Line: EVEN, o/u: 132.5

Eric Bolin, Loyola
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Loyola
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Loyola
Dan Harralson, Ohio State
Jeremy Mauss, Loyola
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Loyola
Johnny Rosenstein, Loyola
Nick Shepkowski, Loyola
Scott Steehn, Loyola
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Ohio State

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