By Antwaun Sumpter
What can you say about the Northwestern Wildcats? Pat Fitzgerald has that team poised to be a dangerous team in 2016 and beyond. If they can get over the hump and beat the top teams in the conference, the Wildcats can make some school history. They surely can go on the road and get victories. So watch out the Northwestern Wildcats are coming.
Ohio State has owned the Big Ten by beating up teams over the past few years. That can change in 2016. It all starts on September 17th with a non-conference trip to take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. Then, in the middle of the season they have a tough three game stretch where they go to Wisconsin, then Penn State, and Northwestern comes to Columbus. If Ohio State can get through that they are surely going to be in the College Football Playoff conversation.
State College, Pennsylvania is preparing for the post Christian Hackenburg era. He has moved on to the NFL and now here comes the rebuilding process for Penn State. James Franklin is going to have to be patient with his players and develop this Nittany Lions team. This team might struggle coming out the gate, but they would get it together and Penn State will be okay.
The Purdue Boilermakers finished 2015 with a record of 2-10, yeah that’s bad. But in 2016, the only way is up for Purdue and they can get right. The Boilermakers are a young team and they are going to need time to develop.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights kick off their season on the road in Seattle taking on the Washington Huskies. The Scarlet Knights have a chance to make this a good season because their schedule favors them. Yes, they will lose some games and yes, they will struggle, but if they can stabilize, it they can make a decent season out of 2016.
Madison, Wisconsin is ready to start rocking for their Wisconsin Badgers. They kick off the season when LSU comes to Camp Randall Stadium. They have one of the toughest schedules in the Big Ten and if they can get through it they may go a long way towards the committee for the College Football Playoff. The biggest game in probably the Badgers history would be October 15th when the Ohio State Buckeyes invade the Red Sea in Madison, Wisconsin.
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