College Football Big Ten Predictions for 2014

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College Football Big Ten Predictions for 2014
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The Big Ten will be one of the elite conferences in college football with at least three teams that could contend for a national championship.

It starts with Ohio State and Michigan State, who are now division foes, after the realignment of the former Leaders and Legends divisions due to the addition of Maryland and Rutgers. The Buckeyes will be seeking revenge after ending their 2013-14 season on a sour note. Meanwhile, Sparty is coming off its best season in school history with a 13-1 record and a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.

Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio are among the best coaches in the conference, but second-year Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen could be moving up into that category as well. Andersen’s Badgers will be in the hunt to represent the West Division in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Wisconsin’s competition will come from both Iowa and Nebraska. Iowa hasn’t won a conference title since 2004, while Nebraska has gone through a 15-year conference title drought.  

Michigan and Northwestern have the talent to compete for a Big Ten Championship but must be more consistent and clutch after disappointing 2013 campaigns. 

The Big Ten will be a threat in the new College Football Playoff system and should have at least two teams in 2015's six bowl games. 

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