A look at what to expect in the Leaders Division in 2013:
1. BUCKEYES VS. BADGERS
Wisconsin represented the Leaders Division in the Big Ten championship game last year, but only because Ohio State and Penn State were banned from the postseason. This year, the Buckeyes are eligible again and looking forward to a showdown with the Badgers on Sept. 28 in Columbus.
2. IN ANDERSEN THEY TRUST?
Bret Bielema led Wisconsin to three consecutive Big Ten titles before jumping to Arkansas, and now the Badgers faithful turns to former Utah State coach Gary Andersen. Wisconsin has a plethora of talent, but this team has question marks at receiver, on the offensive line and in the defensive backfield.
3. NATIONAL TITLE PICTURE
No Big Ten team has won the BCS championship since Ohio State following the 2002 season, and none has made it to the title game since the 2007 season, when LSU defeated Ohio State 38-24. After going undefeated last year during their one-year bowl ban, the Buckeyes hope to do it again this year before the BCS gives way to football’s version of the Final Four next season.
4. HOOSIER UPRISING?
Indiana went 4-8 last year, with four of its losses coming by four points or fewer. Kevin Wilson netted a top 50 recruiting class and hopes many of those freshmen can revamp the defense. If it works, Indiana could head to its first bowl game since 2007.
5. LONG ODDS
The NCAA sanctions are hitting hard, but Penn State began the post-Paterno era by going 8-4 under first-year coach Bill O’Brien. Is this the year the Nittany Lions turn into an easier mark on opposing team’s schedules, or will they continue putting together solid teams in Happy Valley?
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lester||6|
|Houston||7||Top 8th Inning|
|Denver||59||3rd Qtr 4:31|
|Philadelphia||47||2nd Qtr 4:19|
|Washington||44||2nd Qtr 0:08|
|Toronto||49||2nd Qtr 2:06|
|Orlando||26||2nd Qtr 11:18|
|Pittsburgh||3||2nd Prd 3:45|
|Phoenix||1||2nd Prd 17:57|
|Los Angeles||8:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|MD-Eastern Shore||74||2nd Half 0:06|
|William & Mary||53||2nd Half 8:09|
|Manhattan||48||2nd Half 11:34|
|Kent State||47||2nd Half 7:22|
|Ball State||36||2nd Half 10:46|
|Denver||30||2nd Half 8:24|
|North Dakota St||67|
|Central Mich||24||2nd Half|
|Bowling Green||13||1st Half 6:45|
|St Marys-CA||8:00 PM|
|SC State||8:00 PM|
|Western Carolina||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||8:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||58|
|(3) Louisville||37||2nd Half 6:02|
|Marquette||52||2nd Half 12:40|
|Valparaiso||44||2nd Half 14:53|
|Kent State||25||2nd Half 7:50|
|Miami-Ohio||38||2nd Half 14:57|
|Ohio U||39||2nd Half 2:22|
|American Univ||28||2nd Half 12:39|
|Holy Cross||75||2nd Half 0:39|
|San Jose St||41||2nd Half|
|(5) West Virginia||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||9:00 PM|
|San Diego State|