It's a pathetic feeling to be a grown man scolded by his wife for not mowing the lawn because BTN replayed Iowa vs. Indiana from 2006, but that's what happens on a Saturday afternoon during the college football-starved dog days of summer.
Watching the ineptitude of a disappointing team from our past unfold on television is a novelty in the offseason survival kit. More time is spent obsessing over the depth chart, dissecting intrasquad scrimmages from the spring and summer, collecting game-by-game projections to develop comfortable expectations, then disregarding those and gearing up for what you decide can only be an 11-1 regular season and BCS appearance after beating Wisconsin for the conference title.
That confidence usually lasts until the second three-and-out against a MAC defense.
A Big Ten title may be highly unlikely for this team, but with the information collected over months of avoiding household chores, there are seven bold predictions I am willing to make.