2013 Big Ten Legends Schedule Breakdown
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Posted Feb 15, 2013


Breakdowns and analysis of each Big Ten Legends schedule


2013 Big Ten Schedules

Legends

Leaders Illinois | Indiana | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Wisconsin
Legends Iowa | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota | Nebraska | Northwestern

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Iowa

Non-Conference Games: Northern Illinois, Missouri State, at Iowa State, Western Michigan
Games Against The Leaders: at Ohio State, at Purdue, Wisconsin
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Northern Illinois, Missouri State, at Iowa State, Western Michigan

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Minnesota, Michigan State, at Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, at Purdue, Michigan, at Nebraska

Summary: The Hawkeyes had a seemingly easy schedule and didn’t do anything with it. This year they have a relatively easy schedule over the first half, but it’s unrelenting in the second. However, if Northern Illinois easy? That’s the opener, and going to Iowa State is never easy and hosting Western Michigan isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Fortunately, Missouri State is up early to guarantee one win. It’ll be desperately needed considering the Big Ten problems.

Getting Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Leaders stinks, and while Purdue shouldn’t be a problem, it’s in West Lafayette the week after dealing with the Badgers. Getting Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan at home might help, but the season ends with the Wolverines followed up by a road game at Nebraska. Basically, considering the Big Ten opener is at Minnesota, there isn’t a sure-thing conference win.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Northern Illinois
9/7 Missouri State
9/14 at Iowa State
9/21 Western Michigan
9/28 at Minnesota
10/5 Michigan State
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 at Ohio State
10/26 Northwestern
11/2 Wisconsin
11/9 at Purdue
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Michigan
11/30 at Nebraska

Michigan

Non-Conference Games: Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Akron, at Connecticut
Games Against The Leaders: Indiana, Ohio State, at Penn State
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Akron, at Connecticut, Minnesota, at Penn State, Indiana, Nebraska, at Iowa, Ohio State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Michigan State, at Northwestern

Summary: It’s as good as could be reasonably asked for. There’s always going to be Ohio State to deal with from the Leaders, but there’s no Wisconsin and getting Indiana at home and a depleted Penn State isn’t bad. There’s no way all the tough games could be at home, but welcoming the Buckeyes, Notre Dame and Nebraska should be a big help. But it’s Michigan; it’s going to get every team’s best shot.

Getting past Central Michigan, Akron and a road trip to Connecticut shouldn’t be a problem, and hosting Minnesota and Indiana to go along with the away date in Happy Valley should mean 7-0, or at worst 6-1 with a loss to the Irish. Going on the road three times in four weeks – at Michigan State, at Northwestern and at Iowa with the Nebraska game thrown into the mix – comes after a needed off week.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Central Michigan
9/7 Notre Dame
9/14 Akron
9/21 at Connecticut
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Minnesota
10/12 at Penn State
10/19 Indiana
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 at Michigan State
11/9 Nebraska
11/16 at Northwestern
11/23 at Iowa
11/30 Ohio State

Michigan State

Non-Conference Games: Western Michigan, USF, Youngstown State, at Notre Dame
Games Against The Leaders: at Illinois, Indiana, Purdue
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Western Michigan, USF, Youngstown State, at Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, at Illinois, Michigan, at Northwestern, Minnesota

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Notre Dame, at Nebraska

Summary: Michigan State, you can’t ask for anything more in interdivisional play than a road trip to Illinois to go along with home dates against Indiana and Purdue. There’s no Ohio State, no Penn State and no Wisconsin. There are several road battles to deal with, but there are also enough scheduling breaks to hope for a second trip to the Big Ten championship in three years. But first, there’s a little fight with the Irish in South Bend to deal with at the end of the four-game non-conference September. Western Michigan will be pesky, Youngstown State won’t be a problem and South Florida could be a bit of a fight, but a win over Notre Dame should mean an 8-0 start before Michigan comes to East Lansing.

Going to Iowa shouldn’t be a problem coming off a bye, and taking care of Indiana, Purdue and a road trip against Illinois should be walks in the park for anyone with Big Ten championship ambitions. The season should come down to the three game stretch against the Wolverines and road trips to Nebraska and Northwestern after getting a week off. Closing the season out at home against Minnesota isn’t exactly like dealing with Ohio State.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Western Michigan
9/7 USF
9/14 Youngstown State
9/21 at Notre Dame
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Iowa
10/12 Indiana
10/19 Purdue
10/26 at Illinois
11/2 Michigan
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 at Nebraska
11/23 at Northwestern
11/30 Minnesota

Minnesota

Non-Conference Games: UNLV, at New Mexico State, Western Illinois, San Jose State
Games Against The Leaders: at Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: UNLV, at New Mexico State, Western Illinois, San Jose State, Iowa, at Indiana, Penn State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Michigan, at Northwestern, Nebraska, Wisconsin, at Michigan State

Summary: It’s Minnesota, so it’s not going to extend itself too much in non-conference play. Even so, UNLV was a tough out last year, but this time it’s in Minneapolis. Going to New Mexico State should be light and breezy and Western Illinois shouldn’t be a problem, but San Jose State will be a rough battle with its dangerous and efficient passing game.

Can the Gophers start out the Big Ten season with a bang beating Iowa in a rivalry game? They need to with road games at Michigan and Northwestern and a home date against Nebraska to follow. Beating Indiana on the road and getting by Penn State at home could be a must for a bowl game with Wisconsin and a road trip to Michigan State to close things out.

2013 Schedule
8/31 UNLV
9/7 at New Mexico State
9/14 Western Illinois
9/21 San Jose State
9/28 Iowa
10/5 at Michigan
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 at Northwestern
10/26 Nebraska
11/2 at Indiana
11/9 Penn State
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Wisconsin
11/30 at Michigan State

Nebraska

Non-Conference Games: Wyoming, Southern Miss, UCLA, South Dakota State
Games Against The Leaders: Illinois, at Penn State, at Purdue
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Wyoming, Southern Miss, UCLA, South Dakota State, Illinois, at Purdue, at Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan State, at Penn State, Iowa

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Michigan

Summary: The Huskers have their tune-up games at home against Wyoming and Southern Miss before getting to make amends for last year’s rough loss against UCLA. Unfortunately, this year’s Bruin team should be even better, but if they can get by with a win, they’ll be 4-0 after playing South Dakota State and with an open date to get ready for the Big Ten season.

Illinois shouldn’t be a problem, and going to Purdue should be a breeze before getting a week off to prepare for a trip to Minnesota. If Nebraska is up to Big Ten championship snuff, it should be 7-0 before hosting a dangerous Northwestern team and going to Michigan State. With Michigan State to follow, it’ll be a rough month before going to Penn State ad closing out against Iowa. No, considering there’s no Ohio State or Wisconsin from the Leaders, the schedule really isn’t that bad.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Wyoming
9/7 Southern Miss
9/14 UCLA
9/21 South Dakota State
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Illinois
10/12 at Purdue
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 at Minnesota
11/2 Northwestern
11/9 at Michigan
11/16 Michigan State
11/23 at Penn State
11/30 Iowa

Northwestern

Non-Conference Games: at California, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Maine
Games Against The Leaders: at Illinois, Ohio State, at Wisconsin
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at California, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, at Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, at Illinois

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Ohio State, at Wisconsin, at Nebraska

Summary: Can the Wildcats build on their success of last season? They’ll have a few challenges early on with a trip to face Cal in Berkeley in Sonny Dykes’ first game at the helm. Syracuse is in a rebuilding mode, but it’ll still be a dangerous home opener and Western Michigan has the type of offense to be a problem. With Maine coming to Evanston to close out the home slate, and a week off to follow, everything has to be in place for a rough start to the Big Ten season.

Who do you not want to play from the Leaders? Ohio State? Check – that’s the conference opener. Wisconsin? Check – the Cats have to go to Camp Randall the week after. Beating Minnesota and winning at Iowa could be vital with a trip to Nebraska to follow. The week off couldn’t come at a better time with home games against Michigan and Michigan State to follow before closing out with the rivalry date at Illinois.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at California
9/7 Syracuse
9/14 Western Michigan
9/21 Maine
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Ohio State
10/12 at Wisconsin
10/19 Minnesota
10/26 at Iowa
11/2 at Nebraska
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 Michigan
11/23 Michigan State
11/30 at Illinois

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