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I saw a thread on the Blue Board, link here, for Big Ten Predictions. It was stated by the Michigan State poster Macks that our division could very well be a toss up between the Spartans, Huskers, and Wolverines this year.
Got me thinking. And wanting some football talk.
So, how about one reason each -- why we will win the Big Ten, and why we will not.
My thoughts on Nebraska:
Will: Because of Rex Burkhead. The warhorse keeps on keepin' and pulls us through a couple of tight game we wouldn't have won otherwise.
Won't: Because of our front seven. We lost Jared Crick (though he was pretty ineffective last year) and Lavonte David. There's some experience in the front seven, but I'm more scared than anything at this point.
I've posted this topic on other boards. Here are the discussions' links.
Let me start by saying Nebraska didnt get to have a Spring Game. That nasty storm that pushed through the Midwest this past weekend knocked
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Will: The OL is one of the top 3 in the B1G allowing us to run the ball early and effectively in big games against Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan.
Won't: DL play similar to last year in which we were 8th against the run and 11th in sacks in conference play. We need a top 3 rush defense, and have to contain QB's from killing us with their feet and actually getting some hits and sacks on them.
Will: the defense will be much improved. Zaire Anderson steps up immediately putting fisher on sidelines and Eric Martin goes off
Won't: Taylor Martinez. We can't or won't get balls to play makers. Couple of games we get behind and won't have ability to catch up
Won't #2: Mich. Mich St. tOSU are more talented across the board
WILL: The offense evolves to a conference leader role. The OL finally gels and builds depth. Taylor, with his 2nd year in an offense, unlike the past 5 years at QB, pinpoints his receivers, short, over the middle and deep, and the RB's run wild allowing Beck to pick apart all foes with some big option-wrinkles and long runs for TD's becoming more common.
WON'T: The defensive front four doesn't develop enough to contain and help shut down Michigan and OSU's dual threat QB's.
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Will: Rex Burkehead
Won't: Taylor Martinez
#2 Michigan State is NOT more talented across the board. Michigan and OSU, yes. MSU, no.
Defensively they could be stout, but I think this is getting severely overstated in their praise. Many get caught up in that but won't/can't realize they lost their near 4 year starter at QB, their top 3 WRs, one/their top TEs. That's a lot of offensive production that won't be back.
They do have an experienced Junior/Senior-laden defense, but overall their talent level is not particularly close to Nebraska's.
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