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Yahoo's Pat Forde Thinks Northwestern Will Win The Big Ten West

He thinks the Wildcats are the surprise team in the division.

College football predictions are flying fast and furiously in the days leading up to the official opening weekend.

Yahoo's Pat Forde has released his playoff picks as well as a few bold predictions.

He likes Northwestern to win the Big Ten West, overtaking heavy-favorite Wisconsin as well as Nebraska and Iowa.

Northwestern will win the Big Ten West, continuing the school’s revenue-sport annus mirabilis. Clayton Thorson is improving at quarterback (though he will miss safety blanket Austin Carr). Justin Jackson is an unsung star at running back, and playing behind a veteran line. Safety Godwin Igwebuike leads an experienced defense. Yes, the Wildcats must visit prime West competitors Wisconsin and Nebraska – but they beat both on the road two years ago. Send the purple to Indy (then avert your eyes when Ohio State gets hold of them).

You can read all of Forde's predictions here.