Last week I looked at potential breakout players in the Big Ten, and now it’s time go on record with some predictions for how the conference will shake out this season.
Once again, the league should be arguably the best in the nation. If you put stock into preseason polls, that belief is reaffirmed by the the fact that three of the top five teams (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State) call the Big Ten home.
Throw in a Michigan State squad that is a Top 15 club at worst, a Wisconsin team that you can never count out, and improved play from Minnesota and Iowa, and the league is as deep as ever.
In this post, I’ll break down teams 5-12, and later in the week I’ll tackle the top four and give my All-Conference and award picks.
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