6 Early predictions for the 2016 Big Ten football season

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[tps_header]Early predictions are fun. Way-too-early predictions are often reaches and pretty outlandish. That doesn’t stop people from doing them, however, including yours truly.

The 2016 Big Ten season in football will be filled with storylines despite a foreseeable ‘down year’. The Michigan Wolverines will be in its second year under Jim Harbaugh; the Michigan State Spartans will be recovering from a tiring and emotional 2015 campaign; the Iowa Hawkeyes, who put together a strong and surprising 12-2 season, will be led by leaders, quarterback C. J. Beathard and star cornerback Desmond King, despite losing a number of play-makers on both sides of the ball .

The storylines go on and on. But what will actually become of those storylines? Well here are six predictions assured to be either profoundly misguided or creepily accurate.

Here’s the six way-too-early, bold predictions for the 2016 Big Ten football season:[/tps_header]

[tps_title]1. Iowa will reload and return to the Big Ten Championship Game… and win it[/tps_title]


Big things are happening in Kirk Ferentz‘ twilight years at Iowa. His Hawkeyes team has come from out of nowhere to be pack leaders in the Big Ten West division, something that not many individuals would’ve ever guessed.

For a man once thought to be on his way out of Kinnick Stadium, Ferentz is looking pretty good. Add in the return of one of my favorite players in the Big Ten in Desmond King and you have a Hawkeyes team rearing and ready to go for round two.

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This time around, however, there will be no miraculous drives to stop the Hawkeyes this time around. There will be a trip up against Wisconsin at home on October 22nd, lighting the proverbial fire under returning QB C. J. Beathard that will lead them to a Big Ten Championship.

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