Chart: Big Ten Legends Division storylines

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2013 - 9:21 PM
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Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and his Wildcats finally got to celebrate a bowl victory last season. Now, they want more in 2013.

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1. FOUR-TEAM RACE

The Leaders Division probably will turn into a two-team race between Ohio State and Wisconsin. They meet Sept. 28. The Legends Division could be a four-team scrum between Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State. Michigan narrowly edged Nebraska as the division favorite in a preseason poll of 28 Big Ten writers.

 

2. KEY MATCHUPS

There are six key matchups: Nov. 2 — Michigan at Michigan State, Northwestern at Nebraska; Nov. 9 — Nebraska at Michigan; Nov. 16 — Northwestern at Michigan, Michigan State at Nebraska; No. 23 — Michigan State at Northwestern.

 

3. NORTHWESTERN, REALLY?

Even after returning most of the firepower from last year’s 10-3 squad, Northwestern was picked to finished fourth in the media poll. But hard-fought losses against Nebraska (29-28) and Michigan (38-31) and a victory over Michigan State (23-20) last year proved the Wildcats can compete.

 

4. TIME TO REBOUND

Michigan State won the Legends Division in 2011. The Spartans have enough talent on defense to stay in every game, and once they pick a quarterback, that player could gain confidence from this inviting October schedule: at Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, at Illinois.

 

5. GOOD RIDDANCE

The Leaders and Legends Divisions are going away after this season, as the Big Ten splits into East and West. The Gophers will be in the West with Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue. The East will have Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, along with Indiana, Rutgers and Maryland.

 

A LOOK AT THE LEGENDS

In predicted order of finish by Star Tribune college football writer Joe Christensen

 

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Kansas City 2 Top 4th Inning
Cleveland 0
Toronto 3 Top 2nd Inning
Boston 2
Chicago WSox 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Tampa Bay 0 Bottom 1st Inning
NY Yankees 0
Washington 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Atlanta 0
NY Mets 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Miami 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Cincinnati 0
Pittsburgh - V. Worley 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Hammel
Seattle - T. Walker 7:05 PM
Texas - Y. Gallardo
Detroit - D. Price 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. Milone
Philadelphia - C. Hamels 7:15 PM
St. Louis - J. Lackey
Colorado - T. Matzek 8:40 PM
Arizona - C. Anderson
Houston - C. McHugh 9:10 PM
San Diego - J. Shields
San Francisco - T. Lincecum 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - B. Anderson
Atlanta 17 1st Qtr 4:48
Brooklyn 14
Milwaukee 7:00 PM
Chicago
Memphis 9:30 PM
Portland
Tampa Bay 1 1st Prd 14:24
Detroit 0
NY Islanders 6:30 PM
Washington

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