Predictions of how the Big Ten will finish based off of the performances of the teams, week to week.
TOP TIER- Teams that will make an big impact and have the best chances of winning the Big Ten title.
1.) Ohio State (9-0, 22-0) [ Last Projection: 1 ] - No surprise here, again. They are still undefeated in both conference and overall. They are the number one team in the country. These are all things you hear again and again. I think Ohio State will fall in a game or two coming up in their remaining Big Ten schedule, but I think they still win the Big Ten. They did struggle at Northwestern, but every team struggles now and then. We will see if they can rebound as they take on arch rival Michigan at home this week before traveling to 20th-ranked Minnesota. (Postseason Projection: NCAA Tournament)
(More projections after the jump)
MIDDLE TIER- Teams that have a chance to stir up the Big Ten race and make it interesting.
7.) Penn State (5-4, 12-8) [ Last Projection: 7 ] - Penn State... yes... look below.. yes, that does say NCAA Tournament. I do see PSU making the tournament. They are on the bubble right now.. but I think they win at Illinois, getting the signature road win that they needed and they climb their way into the tournament. They upset Wisconsin this week, proving how dangerous they can be. This week, they face Illinois on the road as I stated earlier and a game at home against Michigan. (Postseason Projection: NCAA Tournament)
8.) Northwestern (3-7, 13-8) [ Last Projection: 8 ] - Northwestern surprised some with a one point loss to Ohio State at home, without their best player. Northwestern will end up in the NIT, they have already played their self out of the NCAA Tournament. This week they face Illinois this week at home. They will be looking for a big upset there after challenging Ohio State. (Postseason Projection: NIT)
9.) Michigan (3-6, 13-9) [ Last Projection: 9 ] - Michigan upset Michigan State on the road, which right now.. really doesn't say much. They will also end up in the NIT. Michigan plays a big game at Ohio State and then another big game at Penn State this week. Good luck in both of those, it looks to be a tough week for the Wolverines. (Postseason Projection: NIT)
LOWER TIER- Teams that just aren't there yet.
10.) Indiana (2-7, 11-11) [ Last Projection: 10 ] - Indiana upset Illinois at home and then almost upset MSU on the road.. is it Indiana getting better or Illinois and MSU just under-preforming? Probably the second choice. IU hosts Minnesota and Iowa this week.(Postseason Projection: No Postseason)
11.) Iowa (1-8, 8-13) [ Last Projection: 11 ] - Iowa hosts MSU this week, they could get the upset if they play like they sometimes can at home. They also travel to IU, which will be tougher for the Hawkeyes to get the win. (Postseason Projection: No Postseason)