From The Barn brought some of the best and brightest Big Ten bloggers together to get their thoughts on the upcoming season and see what they think about conference play, who to watch for and how things might end up. Who better to talk about the conference than the guys who live it every day? On with the show:

Q4: What do you think the Big Ten standings will look like at the end of the regular season?

Eric Gingrich – The Buckeye Battlecry (Ohio State): There are 4 teams at the top of the conference, and then everyone else.  Indiana is the best of the bunch, but they’re not a run-away favorite over the other three.  2-4 are equally good each with their own question mark and it’s hard for me to say which will be better than any other.  I list them alphabetically and rank the rest.

1. Indiana – The Hoosiers finally have all the pieces to get the job done.

2a. Michigan – Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway could take this team a long way.

2b. Michigan State – Nix, Appling, and Payne make for an excellent starting base to put a solid team together.

2c. Ohio State – They’re very talented and athletic – but is Amir Williams or Evan Ravenel able to fill in for Sullinger?

5. Wisconsin – It’s hard to view Wisconsin out of the top 4, but they’re missing that prototypical skilled guard like Jordan Taylor this year.  They could still find one, but it may not be enough this season.

6. Purdue – A very young team this year.  They’ll capture a few good wins (they’re still Purdue), but it will be considered a down year in West Lafayette.

7. Northwestern – I believe in Carmody and what he’s doing for the pretty kitties.  They’ve been on the doorstep of the big dance the last few seasons – they may make it this year.

8. Illinois – John Groce was a very good coach for Ohio, and will probably help Illinois return to where they belong. A season without a proven paint player will hurt them, however.

9.  Minnesota – How much longer will Tubby Smith be given to lead this team?  The last few seasons were rough, but the rest of the conference is starting to out-run the Gophers.

10. Iowa – It’s gonna be a long hard climb to the top, and I don’t think Iowa is yet ready to start it. Talent is still a little thin for Fran McCaffery’s team.

11. Penn State – Tim Frazier and who?  Exactly.  They may climb the ranks eventually, but this season is not the year.

12. Nebraska – I don’t think anyone has any delusions about where Nebraska will be this year.

David McGee – Corn Nation (Nebraska):

  1. Indiana
  2. Michigan
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan State
  5. Minnesota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Iowa
  8. Purdue
  9. Illinois
  10. Northwestern
  11. Penn State
  12. Nebraska

I’ll throw that against the wall and see if any of it sticks.

Rick Reese – Black Heart Gold Pants (Iowa): Okay. Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State are the cream of the crop. After that you have Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and I’ll throw in Iowa. Northwestern can be included in that middle group too, and you can’t count out Purdue or Illinois. The bottom, Penn State and Nebraska.

Phil Mitten – Bucky’s 5th Quarter (Wisconsin):

  1. Michigan
  2. Indiana
  3. Michigan State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Ohio State
  6. Iowa
  7. Purdue
  8. Minnesota
  9. Illinois
  10. Northwestern
  11. Penn State
  12. Nebraska

Travis Miller – Hammer & Rails (Purdue): Indiana and Michigan on top.

Michigan State and Ohio State just behind.

Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Northwestern fighting for NCAA bids

Penn State, Nebraska, and Illinois at the bottom.

Loretta8 – Sippin’ On Purple (Northwestern): I’m going by tiers instead of 1 through 12

Tier 1


Tier 2

Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State

Tier 3

Wisconsin, Minnesota

Tier 4

Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa

Tier 5

Penn State

Tier 6


Chad Markulics – Black Shoe Diaries (Penn State):

  1. Indiana
  2. Michigan
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Purdue
  7. Minnesota
  8. Northwestern
  9. Illinois
  10. Penn State
  11. Iowa
  12. Nebraska

From The Barn (Minnesota): Ohio State and Indiana are clearly a cut above the rest of the conference, but I’m not 100% sold on Michigan yet. From there Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota can be listed in any order you can come up with, though the Spartans should probably be at the top of the list. Here’s how I see it playing out:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Indiana
  3. Michigan State
  4. Michigan
  5. Minnesota
  6. Illinois
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Purdue
  9. Northwestern
  10. Iowa
  11. Nebraska
  12. Penn State


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