Best Big 10 Teams Going Into the 2018 College Football SeasonThe Big 10 may not be as dominant in 2018, with teams losing key players in the NFL draft. Regardless, there’s always at least one dominant team, and others who are pretty good. Here, we’re looking at the top ten best Big 10 Teams going into the 2018 college football season.
2017's Big 10 winners ended up missing the playoffs. Now J.T. Barrett or however you spell it is in the NFL, along with top corner Denzel Ward. Should we expect a drop from them this year? I don't think so. Ohio State has been consistently good for years, and a few players leaving won't really do any bad for them in the long run.
Ohio State's playoff hopes may be in trouble depending on what happens with the Urban Meyer investigation in the Zach Smith incident that came out of seemingly nowhere. Now his future in coaching at Ohio State is in jeopardy.
Wisconsin's only major loss from the draft this year was Troy Fumagalli. Other than that, their roster looks the same. They already have one of college football's top running backs in Jonathan Taylor, who is entering his sophomore year. Can he win the Heisman this year? We'll find out soon enough, and see what Wisconsin will do this year.
Not many of their wins in 2017 were routs. A lot of them were very close, including that game against Penn State in which they won. They were better than their Michigan counterpart last year. Can they manage to get into the top 25 again?
Surprised how low they are? Well, they lost two major offensive playmakers in the draft. What'll they do now? How will 2018 pan out for them? Will they regress and fall into obscurity?
The second half of 2017 really killed off Michigan, with three straight weeks of losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State, and South Carolina. I say don't panic yet. While Michigan State is the better team right now, I wouldn't be too concerned.
2017 was a surprising year for Iowa. They finished at 8-5 and even managed to make it into the top 25 at one point during the season. But a lot of their losses came against tough Big 10 rivals. That's their weakness, but can they improve upon that in 2018?
Not too shabby, Northwestern. You surprised me last season, but can you come away with a winning record this year? You have tough opponents.
4-8, I guess that wasn't surprising, but still better than a few teams in the Big 10.
While they may not be a true contender this year, they can at least come away with a winning season.
I went through a few teams who could've made it here, but Minnesota seemed to be the best choice. They just have the better chance of winning than other bad Big 10 teams. Sure, Minnesota really hasn't been that good for a while, but someone had to make this list.