2022 School Soccer Win Whole Projections, Odds & Picks: Large 10

C.J. Stroud Ohio State

Within the article beneath, school soccer knowledgeable Thor Nystrom initiatives the unfold for each sport utilizing his ATL system (Adjusted Thor Unfold). These spreads are from the angle of the crew in query — i.e., Military is a +2.5 underdog at Coastal Carolina and a -5 favourite internet hosting UTSA.

Listed here are his whole win projections, odds, and picks for the Large 10.

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Ohio State Buckeyes
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 2 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Notre Dame
Ohio St.
Sat, Sep 3
-16.5
0.998


Arkansas St.
Ohio St.
Sat, Sep 10
-45.5
1


Toledo
Ohio St.
Sat, Sep 17
-30.0
1


Wisconsin
Ohio St.
Sat, Sep 24
-21.0
1


Rutgers
Ohio St.
Sat, Oct 1
-36.0
1


Ohio St.
Michigan St.
Sat, Oct 8
-15.5
0.963


Iowa
Ohio St.
Sat, Oct 22
-21.5
1


Ohio St.
Penn St.
Sat, Oct 29
-13.5
0.9


Ohio St.
Northwestern
Sat, Nov 5
-31.0
1


Indiana
Ohio St.
Sat, Nov 12
-38.5
1


Ohio St.
Maryland
Sat, Nov 19
-24.0
1


Michigan
Ohio St.
Sat, Nov 26
-15.5
0.963

 

Final 12 months’s 11-2 crew was dominant offensively (No. 1 SP+), robust defensively (No. 20 SP+), and dominant on particular groups (No. 3 SP+). The protection held seven opponents to twenty factors or much less however was in the end the rationale Ohio State didn’t qualify for the CFP. OSU was bullied up-front towards Oregon and Michigan. In these two video games, the Buckeyes mixed for zero sacks and one TFL whereas permitting 566 speeding yards on 7.2 YPC.

Ohio State’s protection had two tree-top points in 2021: It might wrestle to get off the sector, stealing valuable seconds from the unimaginable offense (No. 81 in effectivity and No. 102 in three-and-out share), and it was poor within the purple zone (No. 123 in purple zone TD fee). Poor situationally and in massive spots, HC Ryan Day pulled the plug on DC Kerry Coombs. OSU employed one of many sport’s greatest defensive coordinators, Jim Knowles, this offseason. With eight starters returning, expectations are sky-high. When the media requested Knowles final week about Day’s remark that he anticipated a top-10 protection in 2022, Knowles replied that he wished Day had mentioned top-5.

The offense, regardless of shedding WRs Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and TE Jeremy Ruckert, goes to be unimaginable once more – even perhaps just a little higher than final 12 months’s No. 1 unit. In 2021, Ohio State began freshmen at each QB and RB. QB CJ Stroud and RB TreVeyon Henderson spent the season making air-tight circumstances that they’re top-2 gamers at their respective positions. Now, each are battle-tested. Extremely, the WR corps shouldn’t fall off a lot, seeing as if it has the nation’s greatest WR (Jaxon Smith-Njigba) and five-star sophomores WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Julian Fleming, and Emeke Egbuka able to assume prime-time roles.


Thor’s projected win whole: 11.8
Las Vegas win whole: 10.5
Thor’s guess: OVER

Ohio State has the posh of enjoying eight dwelling video games. One among them is Notre Dame (the opposite two OOC video games are cupcakes). Fortunately, that sport is the opener, earlier than the Irish has established an identification underneath a brand new HC and with a brand new QB. In convention play, the Buckeyes get Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan at dwelling. The 2 difficult highway video games are at Michigan State and Penn State. My numbers have Alabama and Ohio State clearly forward of another crew – I count on to see these two meet within the CFP title sport. Give me the over.

Michigan Wolverines
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 5 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Colorado St.
Michigan
44807
-31.5
1


Hawaii
Michigan
44814
-33.5
1


Connecticut
Michigan
44821
-41.5
1


Maryland
Michigan
44828
-15.5
0.963


Michigan
Iowa
44835
-3.5
0.643


Michigan
Indiana
44842
-20.5
1


Penn St.
Michigan
44849
-6.5
0.724


Michigan St.
Michigan
44863
-7.5
0.781


Michigan
Rutgers
44870
-18.5
1


Nebraska
Michigan
44877
-9.5
0.811


Illinois
Michigan
44884
-23.5
1


Michigan
Ohio St.
44891
15.5
0.037

 

The Wolverines bounced again emphatically from 2020’s 2-4 disappointment to make a CFP run in 2021. That 12-2 crew misplaced little or no on offense over the offseason. The 2 losses of word – RB Hassan Haskins and RT Andrew Stueber – are replaceable. The RB duo of Blake Corum/Donovan Edwards must be simply as productive because the Haskins/Corum duo. The Wolverines signed 2021 second-team All-American C Olu Oluwatimi to reinforce a line that returns 4 starters. This 12 months’s offensive line must be even higher than final 12 months’s, and you need to count on extra explosive performs out of the Wolverines’ offense.

Michigan was hit a lot more durable on the defensive aspect of the ball, with three top-45 NFL Draft picks shifting on (together with 1.2 decide EDGE Aidan Hutchinson). A minimum of up entrance, the Wolverines ought to hold the nice occasions rolling. DT Mazi Smith was lately named the No. 1 Freak on Bruce Feldman’s annual checklist. Apparently, two extra projected DL rotation items additionally made the checklist.

The questions for the protection come at linebacker and within the secondary. The Wolverines want to exchange two starters at every. The replacements have been all highly-touted prospects, and Michigan’s employees will get the advantage of the doubt on protection. However we’ll want video games to begin to understand how far this group will fall off from final 12 months’s protection.


Thor’s projected win whole: 9.9
Las Vegas win whole: 9.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

The Wolverines have about as simple a schedule as you’ll see a blueblood play. The three OC video games are all pay-offs to cupcakes. The Wolverines get Iowa, Michigan State, and Nebraska at dwelling in Large 10 play. There are solely two losable highway video games on the schedule – at Iowa and at Ohio State. My system leans over, however I’m going to cross as a result of it’s unattainable to know precisely what the protection might be.

Penn State Nittany Lions
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 13 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Penn St.
Purdue
Thur, Sep 1
-4.5
0.673


Ohio
Penn St.
44814
-33
1


Penn St.
Auburn
44821
1
0.488


Central Michigan
Penn St.
44828
-23
1


Northwestern
Penn St.
44835
-20
1


Penn St.
Michigan
44849
6.5
0.277


Minnesota
Penn St.
44856
-9
0.807


Ohio St.
Penn St.
44863
13.5
0.1


Penn St.
Indiana
44870
-17
1


Maryland
Penn St.
44877
-12.5
0.887


Penn St.
Rutgers
44884
-15
0.956


Michigan St.
Penn St.
44891
-4
0.658

 

Penn State returns solely 11 starters from a program that’s 11-11 since 2020. That sentence portends pessimism, however there’s one other story to inform right here. The Nits really began 5-0, beating Wisconsin and Auburn and reaching the highest 5 of the AP ballot. However the crew had a deadly flaw – a foul offensive line and uninspiring RBs – and people got here to the fore after QB Sean Clifford acquired damage towards Iowa. PSU stumbled to a 2-6 end.

Due to the aforementioned points, PSU’s offense final 12 months typically devolved into forcing targets at WR Jahan Dotson. Although Dotson has departed, WKU switch Mitchell Tinsley (87 catches final 12 months) joins Parker Washington and KeAndre Lambert-Smith in what must be a robust WR corps. The No. 118 speeding assault from final 12 months must be a lot better after including five-star RBs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. The problematic offensive line misplaced three starters however added two extremely sought-after transfers – the one technique to go is up.

Whereas the offense returns seven starters, the protection returns solely 4. DC Brent Pry left to develop into Virginia Tech’s HC, however HC James Franklin acquired a robust substitute in Manny Diaz. The secondary, led by prime NFL prospect CB Joey Porter Jr., is a gigantic power. There are extra questions alongside the entrance seven, which should change 4 starters.


Thor’s projected win whole: 8.7
Las Vegas win whole: 8.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

PSU’s fortunes this 12 months will come down to 3 issues: RB play, OL play, and whether or not the protection can keep anyplace near pretty much as good because it was final season. The offense can’t assist however take a giant step ahead from final 12 months’s No. 72 SP+ end, however how a lot may PSU drop from its No. 6 defensive standing? With my quantity so near the Las Vegas line and too many unknowable questions, I’m going to cross.

Michigan State Spartans
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 15 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Western Michigan
Michigan St.
Fri, Sep 2
-26.5
1


Akron
Michigan St.
Sat, Sep 10
-33.5
1


Michigan St.
Washington
Sat, Sep 17
-4
0.658


Minnesota
Michigan St.
Sat, Sep 24
-7
0.752


Michigan St.
Maryland
Sat, Oct 1
-6.5
0.724


Ohio St.
Michigan St.
Sat, Oct 8
15.5
0.037


Wisconsin
Michigan St.
Sat, Oct 15
-3
0.594


Michigan St.
Michigan
Sat, Oct 29
7.5
0.219


Michigan St.
Illinois
Sat, Nov 5
-14.5
0.949


Rutgers
Michigan St.
Sat, Nov 12
-18
1


Indiana
Michigan St.
Sat, Nov 19
-20.5
1


Michigan St.
Penn St.
Sat, Nov 26
4
0.342

 

Final summer time, the Large 10 media chosen Michigan to complete final place within the Large 10 East (considerably behind Rutgers!). As an alternative, the Spartans went 11-2, completed within the high 10, and awarded HC Mel Tucker with a 10- 12 months, $95 million extension. Tucker’s breakout star, All-American RB Kenneth Walker, is now within the NFL, and three of the beginning offensive linemen who helped pave the best way for his 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns graduated.

Tucker rewound the clock in making an attempt to fill Walker’s huge sneakers, dipping into the switch portal for Jarek Broussard (Colorado) and Jalen Berger (Wisconsin). Solely 5 starters return on offense. To maintain the nice occasions rolling on offense, Tucker wants one other developmental step from QB Payton Thorne (school-record 27 TD passes final 12 months), the emergence of both Broussard (2020 P12 OPoY) or Berger, and the new-look offensive line to type itself out.

The most important weak point of final 12 months’s crew was the paper-mache cross protection, which completed dead-last within the nation in YPG allowed (324.8… the very same quantity Alabama QB Bryce Younger averaged!!). To be truthful, MSU’s schedule featured 5 of the highest 13 passing offenses within the nation. Additional, although MSU ranked a lowly No. 114 in yards per drive and No. 115 in three-out share, the Spartans completed No. 30 in SP+ protection partially by being superior within the purple zone, ending No. 25 in factors per scoring alternative allowed and No. 19 in purple zone TD fee. With 9 starters returning on protection, together with all the secondary, count on total enchancment.


Thor’s projected win whole: 8.3
Las Vegas win whole: 7.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

The Spartans are aided by a forgiving three-game OOC slate. Within the Large 10 play, Sparty avoids Iowa, Nebraska and Purdue however attracts Wisconsin and Minnesota. In sum, my numbers projected MSU as underdogs in solely three video games. My system makes a case for the over. However with the variance that comes from half the schedule having projected spreads of seven.5-points-or-less, and with MSU having fun with appreciable fortune final 12 months that will normalize in 2022, I’m going to cross.

Wisconsin Badgers
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 18 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Illinois St.
Wisconsin
Thur, Sep 1
-43
1


Washington St.
Wisconsin
Sat, Sep 10
-15
0.956


New Mexico St.
Wisconsin
Sat, Sep 17
-38
1


Wisconsin
Ohio St.
Sat, Sep 24
21
0


Illinois
Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 1
-18
1


Wisconsin
Northwestern
Sat, Oct 15
-12.5
0.887


Wisconsin
Michigan St.
Sat, Oct 22
3
0.406


Purdue
Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 29
-7
0.752


Maryland
Wisconsin
Sat, Nov 5
-10
0.836


Wisconsin
Iowa
Sat, Nov 12
2
0.465


Wisconsin
Nebraska
Sat, Nov 19
1
0.488


Minnesota
Wisconsin
Sat, Nov 26
-6.5
0.724

 

Cease me when you’ve heard this one earlier than: The Badgers have a star working again and a deep RB room, a top-5 nationwide offensive line, poor quarterbacks, mediocre WRs, and a strong protection.

You need to count on the offense to look because it at all times does. QB Graham Mertz has been a bust (19/16 TD/INT ratio) and hasn’t proven indicators of improvement. RBs Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi have shot to surpass 2k mixed speeding yards behind an superior offensive line that returns 5 starters. Vicious power-run sport with a shaky play-action passing sport… the identical story as at all times.

The protection is the place issues get attention-grabbing. Seemingly an annual top-10 protection, the Badgers have been even higher than normal final 12 months, ending No. 2 SP+. However that unit misplaced a metric ton this offseason, together with eight of the top-10 tacklers. Eight starters departed, three of whom have been drafted, 4 extra of whom signed as UDFA. Solely three starters return this fall. This fall, we get a referendum on whether or not the system can produce even with scant expertise returning.


Thor’s projected win whole: 8.5
Las Vegas win whole: 8.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

The offense must be just a little higher, and the protection must be just a little worse. However, total, this crew could be very a lot in keeping with your older brothers’ Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin feels more likely to end 8-4 or 9-3. With my quantity precisely on the sportsbooks’, I’ve to cross.

Iowa Hawkeyes
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 23 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


South Dakota St.
Iowa
Sat, Sep 3
-39.5
1


Iowa St.
Iowa
Sat, Sep 10
-9.5
0.811


Nevada
Iowa
Sat, Sep 17
-28.5
1


Iowa
Rutgers
Sat, Sep 24
-12.5
0.887


Michigan
Iowa
Sat, Oct 1
3.5
0.357


Iowa
Illinois
Sat, Oct 8
-13
0.893


Iowa
Ohio St.
Sat, Oct 22
21.5
0


Northwestern
Iowa
Sat, Oct 29
-17
1


Iowa
Purdue
Sat, Nov 5
-2
0.535


Wisconsin
Iowa
Sat, Nov 12
-2
0.535


Iowa
Minnesota
Sat, Nov 19
-1
0.513


Nebraska
Iowa
Fri, Nov 25
-3
0.594

 

The Hawkeyes managed to go 10-4 final season regardless of having a hide-the-women-and-children No. 94 SP+ offense. Iowa acquired up as excessive as No. 2 within the polls earlier than a 4-4 skid to finish the 12 months. That was a regression to the imply, as Iowa completed with 8.2 second-order wins (-1.8). Which isn’t to say Iowa’s 10-win end was fluky. Good teaching, constantly robust situational soccer, and an superior protection and particular groups have a method of permitting a program to punch above its perceived weight class.

That’s the plan once more this 12 months. Final season’s No. 5 SP+ protection returns seven starters, together with three stars in LB Jack Campbell, LB Seth Benson, and CB Riley Moss. Stacked in any respect three ranges, Iowa can have a top-10 protection once more and maybe a top-5 protection. The particular groups which have ranked within the top-13 of Phil Steele’s rankings for the previous 4 years should change its kicker however get its huge-legged Aussie P Tory Taylor again.

The offense can’t assist however be just a little higher this 12 months. Final 12 months’s offensive line was severely hampered by the shoddy guard and sort out mess around C Tyler Linderbaum. So regardless of shedding the superb Linderbaum to the NFL, that group must be higher total. RB Tyler Goodson departed for the NFL. RB Gavin Williams received’t present the receiving worth Goodson did, however he could be the higher pure runner of the 2. TE Sam LaPorta is a star, and the TE room is deep behind him, so that you may see extra two-TE units this season as you probably did throughout the Hockenson/Fant period.


Thor’s projected win whole: 8.1
Las Vegas win whole: 7.5
Thor’s guess: OVER

The OOC slate is right, with two cupcakes and a house sport towards down rival Iowa State. In convention play, my numbers challenge Iowa as double-digit favorites in three video games and double-digit underdogs in a single. The opposite 5 video games function projected spreads of three.5-or-less both method, true coinflip video games. If Iowa goes 3-0 within the OOC and beats its three-easiest Large 10 opponents (assuming a loss at Ohio State), the Hawkeyes would want to go solely 2-3 in these “coinflip” video games to go over. It is a cross at “8”, however I’m enjoying over at any quantity beneath that.

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 31 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Nebraska
Northwestern
Sat, Aug 27
-13.5
0.9


North Dakota
Nebraska
Sat, Sep 3
-39
1


Georgia Southern
Nebraska
Sat, Sep 10
-26
1


Oklahoma
Nebraska
Sat, Sep 17
2
0.465


Indiana
Nebraska
Sat, Oct 1
-18
1


Nebraska
Rutgers
Fri, Oct 7
-12
0.885


Nebraska
Purdue
Sat, Oct 15
-1.5
0.525


Illinois
Nebraska
Sat, Oct 29
-16
0.981


Minnesota
Nebraska
Sat, Nov 5
-4.5
0.673


Nebraska
Michigan
Sat, Nov 12
9.5
0.189


Wisconsin
Nebraska
Sat, Nov 19
-1
0.513


Nebraska
Iowa
Fri, Nov 25
3
0.406

 

In nearly each occasion, when employees goes 15-29 over its first 4 years, with no finishes .500 or higher, it doesn’t see a fifth. However AD Trev Alberts determined to offer HC Scott Frost yet another shot on a restructured deal that transformed $1 million yearly of Frost’s earlier wage into performance-based incentives. Alberts was little question spurred by the thought the Cornhuskers had merely been unfortunate in 2020: Nebraska completed with 7.5 second-order wins, that means, qualitatively, they have been nearer to a 7-5 or 8-4 crew than the 3-9 crew they really have been.

Frost is aware of he’s gone after this season if he doesn’t make a bowl sport. So he had a little bit of a “YOLO” roster and employees remake over the offseason. Followers didn’t just like the offense? No downside! Frost fired 4 offensive coaches with two video games left within the 2020 season after securing his settlement to return. Arguably his greatest transfer of the offseason was hiring Pitt OC Mark Whipple to show across the offense. The opposite enormous one was basically buying and selling QB Adrian Martinez for QBs Casey Thompson and Chubba Purdy within the portal. Thompson doesn’t present the speeding worth Martinez did, and he completes roughly the identical quantity of his passes as Martinez, however he’s far simpler down the sector whereas turning the ball over much less. Definitely, Thompson is a greater match for Whipple’s system.

Whereas the offense returns seven starters, the protection returns solely 5. Final 12 months’s unit was mediocre nationally in effectivity however excellent in limiting explosive playa and within the purple zone. Nebraska will miss LB JoJo Domann and DB Cam Taylor-Britt, however the remainder of the departures are replaceable. In distinction to the offense, which must be higher, Nebraska’s D may take a small step again. The place the ‘Huskers are actually hoping to make up floor is on particular groups. Frost lastly employed an STC (the primary time he’s had one at Nebraska) after 12 months’s second-to-last FBS end in Steele’s rankings. That unit misplaced Nebraska shut video games a number of occasions final 12 months – cleansing it up goes to assist in the coinflip video games.


Thor’s projected win whole: 8.5
Las Vegas win whole: 7.5
Thor’s guess: OVER

Amusingly, the Vegas win whole falls precisely on Nebraska’s second-order win whole from final season. Theoretically, the normalization of luck alone will get Nebraska into that neighborhood. The schedule additionally helps. There are two OOC cupcakes and a winnable dwelling date towards down Oklahoma. Plus, Nebraska avoids Ohio State and Penn State in cross-over play and solely has 4 true highway video games. The arrow is pointed up – can Frost take benefit?

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 36 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


New Mexico St.
Minnesota
Thur, Sep 1
-34
1


Western Illinois
Minnesota
Sat, Sep 10
-37
1


Colorado
Minnesota
Sat, Sep 17
-17
1


Minnesota
Michigan St.
Sat, Sep 24
7
0.248


Purdue
Minnesota
Sat, Oct 1
-3
0.594


Minnesota
Illinois
Sat, Oct 15
-9.5
0.811


Minnesota
Penn St.
Sat, Oct 22
9
0.193


Rutgers
Minnesota
Sat, Oct 29
-13.5
0.9


Minnesota
Nebraska
Sat, Nov 5
4.5
0.327


Northwestern
Minnesota
Sat, Nov 12
-13.5
0.9


Iowa
Minnesota
Sat, Nov 19
1
0.488


Minnesota
Wisconsin
Sat, Nov 26
6.5
0.277

 

The Gophers have been going toe-to-toe with Ohio State in final 12 months’s opener earlier than star RB Mohamed Ibrahim suffered a season-ending damage. Minnesota ended up shedding that sport and stubbing its toe later in September towards Bowling Inexperienced however rallied to complete the 12 months on a 7-3 heater, together with three outright upsets.

Ibrahim returns, as does sixth-year QB Tanner Morgan and his WR1 Chris Autman-Bell. The offensive line options arguably one of the best middle in America with John Michael Schmitz. All 4 starters round Schmitz departed, together with two NFL Draft picks. The Gophers have been aggressive within the portal, attempting to plug holes, signing transfers from Notre Dame and Michigan which might be each projected to begin. The most important acquisition might have been OC Kirk Ciarrocca, who led the explosive 2019 offense earlier than leaving for a doomed tenure at Penn State.

The protection, just like the offense, returns six starters. The most important questions come up entrance, the place Minnesota misplaced NFL Draft picks Boye Mafe and Esezi Otomwewo. The linebacking corps returns two starters and is an above-average FBS unit. The secondary, which returns three starters, is a power and arguably a top-20 unit nationally. Final 12 months’s protection vastly exceeded expectations, ending No. 8 SP+. Count on just a little regression.


Thor’s projected win whole: 7.7
Las Vegas win whole: 7.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

Final 12 months, Minnesota dominated within the trenches, serving to to beat mediocre QB play and a spate of RB accidents on offense and, on protection, hinder opposing run video games and tee off in apparent passing conditions (No. 1 nationally in passing down success fee final 12 months). Minnesota has a veteran QB and strong talent expertise – might they get undermined by an inexperienced OL? The Gophers are additionally robust within the second-and third-levels on protection, however will a new-look line of defense maintain up? With so many questions, Minnesota catches an enormous break with the schedule. My system initiatives the Gophers as 17.5-point-or-greater favorites in all three OOC, and Minnesota geese Ohio State and Michigan in B1G play. With all these elements in thoughts, Vegas’ quantity is objectively proper, so we should cross.

Purdue Boilermakers
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 39 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Penn St.
Purdue
Thur, Sep 1
4.5
0.327


Indiana St.
Purdue
Sat, Sep 10
-37.0
1


Purdue
Syracuse
Satu, Sep 17
-2.0
0.535


Florida Atlantic
Purdue
Sat, Sep 24
-20.0
1


Purdue
Minnesota
Sat, Oct 1
3.0
0.406


Purdue
Maryland
Sat, Oct 8
-1.0
0.513


Nebraska
Purdue
Sat, Oct 15
1.5
0.475


Purdue
Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 22
7.0
0.248


Iowa
Purdue
Sat, Nov 5
2.0
0.465


Purdue
Illinois
Sat, Nov 12
-9.0
0.807


Northwestern
Purdue
Sat, Nov 19
-12.5
0.887


Purdue
Indiana
Sat, Nov 26
-11.0
0.871

 

Purdue returns 14 starters from final 12 months’s breakthrough 9-4 squad. That crew vastly exceeded expectations after being given a “5” win whole final summer time. You’ll recall HC Jeff Brohm’s first Purdue crew, in 2017, additionally exceeded expectations (7-6 off a 3-9 12 months). Between 2018-2020, when preseason expectations have been larger, Purdue struggled, going 12-19. With expectations excessive once more, can Brohm flip the script on that narrative?

Brohm shined former walk-on QB Aidan O’Connell, right into a top-20 nationwide quarterback. O’Connell returns, as do three beginning offensive linemen. RB Zander Horvath and the top-three WRs (together with David Bell) depart, holes that Brohm crammed within the switch portal. RB Kobe Lewis and WRs Tyrone Tracy, Elijah Canion, and Charlie Jones ought to be sure that Purdue is not any worse than treads water on talent expertise.

Final 12 months’s protection was a revelation, ending No. 25 SP+. Although that group returns seven starters, it loses star EDGE George Karlaftis. The linebacking corps and secondary are each strengths, however the line of defense is more likely to take a step again with out its marquee participant. One sneaky method Purdue might make up for just a little defensive regression: A particular groups which have completed bottom-20 in Steele’s rankings the previous two years returns nearly everybody whereas including Jones, the previous Large 10 Return Specialist of the Yr.


Thor’s projected win whole: 7.6
Las Vegas win whole: 7.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

This quantity is spot on. I do suppose this 12 months’s Purdue crew might be just a little higher qualitatively than final 12 months’s 9-4 squad. However the 2021 Boilermakers completed with solely 7.4 second-order wins, a more true indication of their high quality degree and satirically proper in keeping with each the Vegas quantity and my projected win whole. This quantity is simply too sharp; I need to cross.

Maryland Terrapins
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 49 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Buffalo
Maryland
Sat, Sep 3
-18
1


Maryland
Charlotte
Sat, Sep 10
-16
0.981


SMU
Maryland
Satu, Sep 17
-2.5
0.545


Maryland
Michigan
Sat, Sep 24
15.5
0.037


Michigan St.
Maryland
Sat, Oct 1
6.5
0.277


Purdue
Maryland
Sat, Oct 8
1
0.488


Maryland
Indiana
Sat, Oct 15
-7.5
0.781


Northwestern
Maryland
Sat, Oct 22
-9.5
0.811


Maryland
Wisconsin
Sat, Nov 5
10
0.164


Maryland
Penn St.
Sat, Nov 12
12.5
0.113


Ohio St.
Maryland
Sat, Nov 19
24
0


Rutgers
Maryland
Sat, Nov 26
-9.5
0.811

 

Final season, Maryland snapped a streak of six-straight shedding seasons by destroying Virginia Tech within the bowl sport to complete 7-6. With 16 starters returning this 12 months together with a number of key additions – WR Jacob Copeland, a number of projected starters on protection, together with the return of WR Dontay Demus, who missed the final half of 2021 with damage – have expectations larger than they’ve been for years in School Park.

9 of the returning starters are on the offensive aspect of the ball, together with veteran QB Taulia Tagovailoa and all 5 offensive linemen (that is one of the best OL of Locksley’s tenure). I’ve some questions in regards to the RB room – somebody must step up – however the nasty receiving corps is a top-10 nationwide unit.

The protection that completed No. 74 SP+ final season has loads of expertise returning (seven starters) however did lose its greatest participant S Nick Cross to the NFL. All starters return at DT, LB, and CB. If the Terrapins can discover appropriate replacements on the EDGE and at security, the unit is probably going to enhance just a little. It helps that the unit is stout between the tackles and has a robust nook duo.


Thor’s projected win whole: 6
Las Vegas win whole: 5.5
Thor’s guess: OVER

The OOC slate is forgiving – Maryland has roughly equal odds of leaving it both 2-1 or 3-0. However issues get bushy rapidly in Large 10 play, with dwelling video games towards Ohio State and Michigan State and highway video games towards Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State. My numbers see a 6-6 crew towards this schedule, and so do I. If the quantity is 5.5, I can endorse enjoying the over – at 6, cross.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 75 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Rutgers
Boston School
Sat, Sep 3
4.5
0.327


Wagner
Rutgers
Sat, Sep 10
-25.5
1


Rutgers
Temple
Satu, Sep 17
-11.5
0.882


Iowa
Rutgers
Sat, Sep 24
12.5
0.113


Rutgers
Ohio St.
Sat, Oct 1
36
0


Nebraska
Rutgers
Fri, Oct 7
12
0.116


Indiana
Rutgers
Sat, Oct 22
-4
0.658


Rutgers
Minnesota
Sat, Oct 29
13.5
0.1


Michigan
Rutgers
Sat, Nov 5
18.5
0


Rutgers
Michigan St.
Sat, Nov 12
18
0


Penn St.
Rutgers
Sat, Nov 19
15
0.044


Rutgers
Maryland
Sat, Nov 26
9.5
0.189

 

Rutgers completed 5-8 final 12 months and technically made a bowl (a 38-10 loss to Wake Forest) for the primary time since 2014 by having one of the best Educational Progress Price of 5-7 groups. This 12 months, six starters return on either side of the ball, and Rutgers signed a robust crop from the portal to reinforce them.

Final 12 months’s offense completed a dreadful No. 109. The dangerous information is that the unit’s greatest gamers – RB Isaih Pacheco and WR Bo Melton – each acquired picked in April’s NFL Draft. The excellent news is that Rutgers lastly has a quarterback it likes (four-star QB Gavin Wimsatt), and the Scarlet Knights completed off an offensive line returning three starters by including two FBS starters from the portal. I count on the offense to crack the highest 100 this fall, a tangible step ahead.

The Scarlet Knights have been led by their No. 46 SP+ protection final 12 months. That unit loses 5 starters, however none of them have been drafted, and 5 of the top-7 tacklers return. Count on one other top-50 end. Rutgers’ particular groups have completed top-5 in Steele’s rankings for two-straight years and return the kicker, punter, and returner, whereas including competitors at Ok (the weak hyperlink of the group) within the portal.


Thor’s projected win whole: 3.4
Las Vegas win whole: 4.5
Thor’s guess: UNDER

This Rutgers crew could also be just a little higher than final 12 months’s squad, however I extremely doubt that they match final season’s 5 wins (the quantity wanted to go over). The most important concern is the schedule, which ranks No. 10 in Steele’s SOS rankings. The OOC is manageable, with two cupcakes at dwelling and a highway sport at Boston School. Rutgers could also be near drawing-dead for 5 wins if it doesn’t upset BC. My numbers challenge Rutgers as underdogs of 9.5-points or extra in seven of eight Large 10 video games. Briefly: My system believes Rutgers will enhance on the sector (+9 in my energy rankings from final 12 months’s end) whereas ending worse (both 3-9 or 4-8).

Northwestern Wildcats
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 76 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Nebraska
Northwestern
Sat, Aug 27
13.5
0.1


Duke
Northwestern
Sat, Sep 10
-12.5
0.887


Southern Illinois
Northwestern
Sat, Sep 17
-26.0
1


Miami (OH)
Northwestern
Sat, Sep 24
-4.5
0.673


Northwestern
Penn St.
Sat, Oct 1
20.0
0


Wisconsin
Northwestern
Sat, Oct 8
12.5
0.113


Northwestern
Maryland
Sat, Oct 22
9.5
0.189


Northwestern
Iowa
Sat, Oct 29
17.0
0


Ohio St.
Northwestern
Sat, Nov 5
31.0
0


Northwestern
Minnesota
Sat, Nov 12
13.5
0.1


Northwestern
Purdue
Sat, Nov 19
12.5
0.113


Illinois
Northwestern
Sat, Nov 26
-3.0
0.594

 

The Wildcats averaged almost eight wins per season within the decade between 2008-2018. Within the three years because the shock 7-2 end in 2020 is sandwiched by a pair of 3-9 finishes. Final 12 months’s solely FBS wins have been dwelling video games towards Ohio and Rutgers.

Of the 14 returning starters, 9 come on offense. QB Ryan Hilinski was an elite recruit who hasn’t taken off but. He’ll have a greater shot this 12 months with an improved WR corps that was decimated by damage. The most effective information for the run-first crew is that each one working backs return together with 4 starters alongside the offensive line. The OL, which incorporates an R1 NFL Draft prospect in LT Peter Skoronski, is the crew’s clear power.

Final 12 months’s protection fell off a cliff – from 15.9 to 29.0 PPG allowed – after shedding CB Greg Newsome and returning solely 4 starters. This 12 months’s unit solely returns 5 and acquired devastating information when stud S Brandon Joseph transferred to Notre Dame. The opposite three starters from final 12 months’s secondary return. The entrance seven has one for-sure keeper in LB Blake Gallagher. Northwestern dipped into the portal for quite a few substitute candidates – the jury’s out on how they’ll come collectively.


Thor’s projected win whole: 3.8
Las Vegas win whole: 4.5
Thor’s guess: UNDER

The Wildcats completed bottom-15 within the nation in SP+ offensive and particular groups rankings final fall. Each must be higher, and the protection isn’t going to be worse. However Northwestern might get overcome by the title wave of a projected top-25 schedule. My numbers challenge the Wildcats as underdogs of 9.5-or-more in eight video games. Lose these eight, it doesn’t matter what occurs within the different 4; you’ve gone underneath the overall.

Illinois Preventing Illini
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 79 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Wyoming
Illinois
Sat, Aug 27
-5
0.681


Illinois
Indiana
Fri, Sep 2
0
0.5


Virginia
Illinois
Sat, Sep 10
3.5
0.357


Chatanooga
Illinois
Thur, Sep 22
-26
1


Illinois
Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 1
18
0


Iowa
Illinois
Sat, Oct 8
13
0.107


Minnesota
Illinois
Sat, Oct 15
9.5
0.189


Illinois
Nebraska
Sat, Oct 29
16
0.019


Michigan St.
Illinois
Sat, Nov 5
14.5
0.051


Purdue
Illinois
Sat, Nov 12
9
0.193


Illinois
Michigan
Sat, Nov 19
23.5
0


Illinois
Northwestern
Sat, Nov 26
3
0.406

 

HC Bret Bielema’s first season at Illinois was successful. The Illini, which reached 5 wins solely as soon as throughout the five-year Lovie Smith reign, went 5-7. Illinois was noticeably extra aggressive, with four-of-seven losses coming by seven factors or much less. Bielema is barely attempting to do one factor – flip Illinois right into a Kirkland-brand Wisconsin – and the early returns on that have been strong.

Bielema desires massive, mauling run-blockers on his offensive line and decisive, north-south working backs. He’s already put in that right here, with an offensive line that averages 318 kilos per projected starter, in addition to a deep secure of backs headlined by RB Chase Brown. This summer time’s QB competitors includes a two-headed race of former ballyhooed recruits who didn’t pan out at earlier stops, Tommy DeVito and Artur Sitkowski. Illinois is hoping for extra out of the passing sport after it didn’t get a lot final 12 months.

Whereas Bielema’s first offense was a paint-by-numbers, vanilla assault (No. 92 SP+), his first protection and particular groups have been fairly spectacular. The protection completed No. 32 SP+, whereas the particular groups completed No. 1. Illinois goes to overlook S Kerby Joseph, however the remainder of the defections are replaceable.


Thor’s projected win whole: 3.5
Las Vegas win whole: 4.5
Thor’s guess: Cross

My numbers don’t like Illinois. However I’m not capable of fade them. Bielema’s ethos is protecting the sport shut whereas sporting you down and hoping to steal it late with particular groups’ play and never turning the ball over. Illinois upset Penn State and Minnesota final 12 months by ugly-ing-up video games, and it could solely take one or two comparable upsets this 12 months to completely flip the mathematics on this whole.

Indiana Hoosiers
Thor’s Preseason Energy Rating: 85 out of 131




Away
Residence
Day
Unfold
Win odds


Illinois
Indiana
Fri, Sep 2
0
0.5


Idaho
Indiana
Sat, Sep 10
-23.5
1


Western Kentucky
Indiana
Sat, Sep 17
1.5
0.475


Indiana
Cincinnati
Sat, Sep 24
18.5
0


Indiana
Nebraska
Sat, Oct 1
18
0


Michigan
Indiana
Sat, Oct 8
20.5
0


Maryland
Indiana
Sat, Oct 15
7.5
0.219


Indiana
Rutgers
Sat, Oct 22
4
0.342


Penn St.
Indiana
Sat, Nov 5
17
0


Indiana
Ohio St.
Sat, Nov 12
38.5
0


Indiana
Michigan St.
Sat, Nov 19
20.5
0


Purdue
Indiana
Sat, Nov 26
11
0.129

 

Indiana had a dream season throughout the 2020 COVID marketing campaign, going 6-2 (all towards Large 10 opponents). Final 12 months got here the nightmare. QB Michael Penix didn’t look bodily proper when enjoying, and he was formally knocked out for the 12 months with an damage in early October. Not ultimate whenever you’re dealing with the hardest schedule within the nation. Indiana went 2-10, with six of these losses coming to groups that completed within the high 18.

Indiana returns solely 5 starters on offense, however a remake of that unit was in all probability crucial after ending No. 112 SP+ final 12 months. Penix transferred to Washington, a gap Indiana crammed by signing Mizzou QB Connor Bazelak. Indiana’s quarterback play final 12 months was an abomination – Bazelak will present an improve by merely being competent.

The play on protection was extra encouraging final 12 months (No. 73 SP+), and Indiana returns seven starters on that aspect of the ball. A secondary that returns three starters within the power of the unit. The entrance seven is a query mark, however HC Tom Allen added a number of transfers within the portal to try to fortify it.


Thor’s projected win whole: 2.7
Las Vegas win whole: 4.5
Thor’s guess: UNDER

Final 12 months, Indiana performed the toughest schedule in all the nation. This 12 months, issues don’t get a lot simpler, with Indiana slated to face Phil Steele’s No. 8 SOS. Indiana’s OOC isn’t ultimate, with a possible loss coming at Cincinnati and a coin-flip proposition towards WKU. My numbers challenge Indiana as double-digit favorites in six of 9 Large 10 video games. This crew is a fade.

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