The 2018 college football season got underway with a small slate of games over the weekend. This coming weekend will mark the true start of the year.
The Big Ten is projected to have a big season. There are five different teams that have a legitimate chance to win the conference, and four of them are in the same division (the Big Ten East).
ESPN unveiled its predictions for all of the Power 5 leagues. The Worldwide Leader picked the conference champs, award winners and much more.
ESPN also made three bold predictions for each league this fall. For the Big Ten, they are:
- Michigan-Ohio State going to decide the Big Ten East title in The Game.
- Wisconsin is going to win the Big Ten title and reach the College Football Playoff.
- Scott Frost won't be able to run for governor of Nebraska just yet
Here's what ESPN had to say about predicting Ohio State-Michigan will decide the Big Ten East.
While both teams could lose in the first three weeks (Michigan at Notre Dame in the opener and Ohio State against TCU in Week 3), I have a sneaking suspicion they're both going to be in the CFP hunt heading into their Nov. 24 showdown at the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes are loaded on both sides of the ball, and the Wolverines are going to be better on offense with Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson under center. Michigan's defense was extremely young last season, but it is very talented and a year older. Michigan will find a way to defeat OSU, because let's face it: Harbaugh's team has to beat somebody that matters eventually.
You can read all of ESPN's preview here.
The Big Ten was left out of the playoff last year. The league is hoping to avoid that fate in 2018.