So a dedicated analyst would probably take the time to scour through those schedules and see what each team's schedule looks like heading into the 2017-2018 season. And I'm sure their Big Ten preview will be fantastic. This is not one of those previews. Sorry.
The Spartans seem to be the general consensus top pick in the league this season. And by consensus I mean I can't find a single publication that isn't picking them to win the league. So I'm not either.
Think there is just too much talent on the Gophers squad not to be really good this year. I don't feel confident about a Richard Pitino led team to finish second in the league, but alas, here we are.
Wisconsin hasn't finished outside of the Top 4 in the Big 10 this century. A lack of experience may hamper the Badgers in the non-conference but there's enough talent in Madison this season to figure it out by conference play.
Last year's champs fall to number 4 this season with the loss of Caleb Swanigan to the NBA. I think that's fair. They still have a talented team but it's hard to replace NBA talent and Purdue's guard play can be shaky at times. Look for Purdue to be talented enough to be good most of the year but not consistent enough to seriously compete for the league title again.
I think expectations are a little too high in Evanston this season. I've seen a couple Top 3 predictions for Coach Collins' bunch this year. I know the Wildcats are excited after making their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season but that seems pretty ambitious.
There isn't an abundance of talent in Ann Arbor this season but there is definitely enough there for Coach Beilein to work with. For my money, Coach Beilein is the second best coach in the league behind Tom Izzo. He'll make the Wolverines into contenders this season.
Not that I'm overly confident in many of these predictions but Maryland would be the team I have the least amount of faith in. I could see them falling anywhere between 4th and 10th. So I basically split the difference here and put them 7th. Justin Jackson is suppose to be the breakout star of the conference this year. If he is, Maryland is more likely to trend up from here than down.
After coming up short last season, you'd have to think the Hawkeyes are a favorite to reach the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden this year. They looked poised to do that last season, earning a 1 seed in the NIT but were upset by TCU in the 2nd round. Look for the Hawks to take that next NIT step this season.
I'm optimistic for the Archie Miller Era in Indiana. A good coach at a good program seems like a recipe for success. I'm not sure if there is enough in the cupboard to compete right away in his first season but big things may be on the horizon in Bloomington.
I draft Sammy Watkins every year in my fantasy football league. I fall in love with his potential/hype and always find a way to talk myself into him. And it never works out for me. I feel the same way about Tim Miles. I always think this is the year he turns #Nebrasketball into a real thing and it never works out. So I'm probably too optimistic putting the Cornhuskers at 10 but I just can't help myself.
Very strange to have Ohio State this low in the Big Ten standings but I can't think of many reasons to put them up any higher than this. Will be a real test for the Buckeye fan base to see how patient they can be during this rebuilding process.
I know Penn State fans are trying to talk themselves into being a contender this season but I just don't see it happening. There is some young talent for the Nittany Lions but I'm going to have to see it before I believe it.
I'm always shocked how Illinois can consistently be so bad at basketball. They should be able to recruit from the Chicago area only and field a team that finishes in the top half of the conference every season. I see another down season for the Illini.
I'm not going to pretend to care about or know anything about Rutgers basketball.