Wow, what a clusterf*ck this conference was last year. I think you have to say that Penn State was the best considering there dominance in net yards against the conference and win @tOSU.
Score-wise, The Ohio State University put up a lot of impressive wins but they really weren’t as impressive in net yards as you would expect. After Penn St, you could make a case for Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois or tOSU as the next best team, although any reasonable argument has to end with tOSU, I think.
Ohio State as the favorite for this conference seems pretty silly to me. They return 12 starters and have to replace 3 offensive line spots. It should be interesting to see Terelle Pryor with less experience on the O-Line and no Beanie Wells. The defense should remain pretty strong despite losing some big name linebackers. The D-Line and Secondary are mostly intact, which means they should be able to recover on the D-side of the ball. I can’t remember how far ahead of PSU the books had them, but I really don’t think there should be any difference between the two, unless PSU is ahead.
Can’t understand why Penn St. is so much lower than Ohio State. They were better last season, seem to be losing about the same, and have had similar recruiting classes(in terms of overall strength) come in the past few year.
The Nitany Lions will have some O-Line questions as well, but they should have a solid defense once again. They also miss Wisconsin in Big-10 play and host Ohio State. Honestly, looking at their schedule and I know others have said this, they really look like a good BCS Title team, although I’m sure I’ll regret one out as they miss a game winning FG against Eastern Illinois after not allowing a point the first five weeks.
After that I looked briefly into Wisconsin, Illinios and Iowa, but I’m not sure I like any of those options. I would have to say after Penn St, Illinois is probably my second best option. It’s also hard doing this without the 5dimes odds I saw last week. I don’t know where they went.
Ideas so far:
Penn St. to win Big11
Penn St. to win BCS
Georgia to win SEC
Ole Miss to win SEC