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July 13, 2012
Tri-Eastern Conference



BIG TEN FOOTBALL 2012

     The Big Ten football season will be a fun one to watch.   One thing you can count on is “don’t count out any squad in this conference”.    Michigan may be the favorite but Ohio State claimed most of the headlines in the off-season by hiring former Florida head coach Urban Meyer.   With Meyer running the show the Buckeyes quickly became the favorite in the Leaders Division.    There’s no question that Meyer can get it done, it’s just a matter of how quickly.   Brady Hoke may teach Mayer a thing or two about turning programs around.  The former Ball State coach made the Wolverines a winner again after they suffered through three tough seasons under Rich Rodriguez.   Michigan will have a very potent offensive attack again this season with QB Denard Robinson and RB Fitzgerald Toussaint.  Michigan will find out where they are in the first game with a battle with the defending national champion Crimson Tide of Alabama.

     In Columbus, Meyer has a few of weapons he can work with including QB Braxton Miller.  Miller will be working behind a re-shaped offensive line to fit Meyer’s wide open offense.    No matter how well the Buckeyes do, they are ineligible for post season play, including the Big Ten Championship game.  That means Wisconsin will be the favorite the return to Lucas Oil Stadium.  Wisconsin must replace three starters on the offensive line and re-tool the secondary.  They also lost QB Russell Wilson.  Michigan State will have to rely on their outstanding defense led by LB’s Max Bullough, Denicos Allen and Chris Norman.

     Question is, can Nebraska, and Penn State play the spoilers?    They could but their offensive and defensive lines must come together.    Iowa and Northwestern both have great coaches but lack the firepower to stay with Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.   Purdue has a great DT in Kawaan Short and are hoping to ride the momentum of a strong finish from 2011.  Illinois has a new coach and they lack depth to compete day in and day out in the Big Ten.   Minnesota is too young and Indiana is hoping all the youngsters that played last year will make a huge difference in 2012.  IU must find a defense after giving up over 37 points per game and almost 460 yards per game.

ALL BIG TEN PRE-SEASON OFFENSE

QB DENARD ROBINSON, MICHIGAN

RB MONTEE BALL, WISCONSIN

RB FITZGERALD TOUSSAINT, MICHIGAN

WR JARED ABBERDERIS, WISCONSIN

WR KEENAN DAVIS, IOWA

TE JACOB PEDERSEN, WISCONSIN

C TRAVIS FREDRICK, WISCONSIN

OL RICKY WAGNER, WISCONSIN

OL TAYLOR LEWAN, MICHIGAN

OL SPENCER LONG, NEBRASKA

K BRETT MAHER, NEBRASKA

AP AMEER ABDULLAH, NEBRASKA

 

BIG TEN FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL KAWAAN SHORT, PURDUE

DL WILLIAM GHOLSTON, MICHIGAN STATE

DL JOHN SIMON, OHIO STATE

DL JOHNATHAN HANKINS, OHIO STATE

LB GERALD HODGES, PENN STATE

LB CHRIS BORLAND, WISCONSIN

LB JOHNATHAN BROWN, ILLINOIS

DB JOHNNY ADAMS, MICHIGAN STATE

DB MICAH HYDE, IOWA

DB CJ BARNETT, OHIO STATE

DB RICARDO ALLEN, PURDUE

P BRETT MAHER, NEBRASKA

    


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