3 Most Overrated Big Ten Teams Heading Into the 2019 College Football Season
By Zach Brunner
Big Ten football has consistently been known for its competitive conference games and smash-mouth style of play. After the retirement of Urban Meyer at Ohio State, there has been talk around the conference arguing why each team could take home the title. However, some of this hype has gone too far. These are the three most overrated Big Ten football teams this season. All over/under win totals referenced can be found on FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska was touted as one of the best four-win teams last season, but at the end of the day, it won four games. Adrian Martinez is a talented dual-threat quarterback who may be mentioned in the Heisman conversation, but he can't do it by himself. As one of the country's most anticipated breakout teams, the Cornhuskers' over/under is currently set at 8.5, more than double their win total of last season. Their 88th-ranked scoring defense from last season is simply not good enough to consistently compete in the Big Ten if it's the same story this year, especially considering they gave up nearly 200 rushing yards per game last season.
2. Michigan Wolverines
Urban Meyer is gone, so it must be Jim Harbaugh's time to shine, right? The sportsbooks clearly seem to think so, with Michigan's over/under being set at 9.5. The Wolverines have built their success around defense, and they'll likely hang their hat on that side of the ball again. However, their offense has been inconsistent in recent years and they have to travel to Wisconsin and Penn State, while also playing Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State at home. Those are five tough games and Michigan would need to win at least three of them (plus sweep the rest of the season) to eclipse nine wins.
3. Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State's over/under is set at 8.5, which it would have barely eclipsed last season, finishing with nine wins. The Nittany Lions will be fielding a new quarterback and running back this season, with Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders departing to the NFL. While there is plenty of returning talent on this offense, they cannot afford a misstep to hit the over. They travel to Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and an improved Minnesota team. They lost to Michigan State and Ohio State last season, barely beat Iowa at home and didn't play Minnesota. Of course, they also face Michigan and a dangerous Buffalo team to go along with this tough schedule.
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