Athlon Sports activities’ Huge Ten standings, championship predictions for 2022 soccer season

Huge Ten soccer is correct across the nook with the countdown to kickoff underneath 100 days at this level.

Athlon Sports activities helps us prepare for the upcoming 2022 faculty soccer season by releasing predictions for every group within the convention. Steve Lassan has launched his rankings of every group within the Huge Ten East and West Division, and the place he predicts these groups to complete this fall.

Take a look at Lassan’s predictions for every group, together with the Spartans, this upcoming fall:

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Huge Ten East Division Predictions

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The Huge Ten East Division ought to once more be a gauntlet, with the highest 4 groups of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State all battling for a spot within the title recreation. These are the 4 groups listed in the direction of the highest of the division, however proceed studying to see who Athlon Sports activities has as the favourite and the place the remainder of the division’s groups land.

1. Ohio State

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: The Buckeyes ought to return to the highest of the Huge Ten behind a high-powered offense (7.96 yards per play in ’21) led by quarterback C.J. Stroud, operating again TreVeyon Henderson and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. An offensive line returning tackles Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson Jr. must be among the many finest in faculty soccer.

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2. Michigan

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: Jim Harbaugh acquired Michigan over the hump final season by defeating Ohio State, successful the Huge Ten title for the primary time since 2004 and incomes a visit to the CFB Playoff. Nonetheless, the Wolverines have some retooling to do in an effort to attain that stage as soon as once more this fall.

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3. Michigan State

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: Mel Tucker’s Spartans took an enormous step ahead final season, leaping from 2-5 within the abbreviated ’20 marketing campaign to 11-2 with a No. 9 end within the closing prime 25 final fall. Replicating double-digit wins once more will hinge on how effectively Michigan State can change operating again Kenneth Walker III (1,636 yards and 18 TDs) and enhance a protection that struggled mightily in opposition to the move (11th in Huge Ten in move effectivity protection).

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4. Penn State

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: It’s a vital 12 months for Penn State to get this system again on monitor after an 11-11 mark over the past two seasons. Additionally, after a 5-0 begin final fall, the group went 2-6 over the past eight matchups. Reversing that development begins on offense. Quarterback Sean Clifford has to play with extra consistency, however the senior additionally wants extra assist from a shaky offensive line that surrendered probably the most sacks (44) of any group within the Huge Ten.

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5. Maryland

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: After successful 5 video games in coach Mike Locksley’s first two seasons (2019-20) on the helm, the Terrapins posted seven final fall. Additionally, the 7-6 report marked this system’s first successful report since ’14. Whereas progress was evident, Maryland’s six losses – all to groups with a successful mark – got here by a mixed rating of 281-100.

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6. Rutgers

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: Greg Schiano’s return to Rutgers hasn’t netted a successful season but, however the Scarlet Knights have confirmed progress by successful 5 video games in Huge Ten play over the past two years after recording seven from 2014-19. Contending for six wins and a bowl journey isn’t out of the query this fall however marked enchancment on offense is required.

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7. Indiana

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: The Hoosiers gave the impression to be trending up after going 14-7 from 2019-20 underneath coach Tom Allen. Nonetheless, this system took a large step again final season with a 2-10 end and an 0-9 mark in Huge Ten video games. Allen took steps to rectify final 12 months’s disappointment, appointing new coordinators on either side of the ball and taking on the play-calling duties on protection.

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Huge Ten West Division Predictions

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Not like the Huge Ten East Division, there doesn’t look like a clear-cut favourite within the West. Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue all are thought of to be within the combine to win the division this 12 months, however who does Athlon Sports activities assume will come out on prime? See beneath…

1. Wisconsin

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: There’s no clear favourite to win the Huge Ten West in ’22 and a robust case might be made for a few groups right here. The Badgers return solely eight total starters, however the guess right here is the protection stays among the many finest within the convention with a fast reloading effort behind coordinator Jim Leonhard, and the offense does simply sufficient behind rising star operating again Braelon Allen.

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2. Purdue

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: Final 12 months’s 9-4 report was Purdue’s highest win complete underneath coach Jeff Brohm and this system’s finest season since 2003. The Boilermakers have a number of considerations to handle, particularly how the protection improves underneath a brand new coordinator, however contending for the Huge Ten’s West Division title is inside attain.

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3. Iowa

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: A repeat of final 12 months’s Huge Ten West Division title will hinge on one factor for Iowa: Offensive enchancment. In convention video games final season, the Hawkeyes averaged solely 4.5 yards per play and 23 factors a recreation. Additionally, this unit struggled to generate large performs and ranked close to the underside of the league in third-down and red-zone offense.

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4. Minnesota

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: Though the Golden Gophers are picked fourth right here, not a lot separates coach P.J. Fleck’s group from the highest three within the division. The return of Kirk Ciarrocca as coordinator offers optimism for enchancment on an offense that averaged solely 5.45 yards per play and 25.5 factors a contest final fall.

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5. Nebraska

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: The 2022 season is a make-or-break 12 months for coach Scott Frost in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers are 15-29 and have but to earn a successful season or attain a bowl underneath his watch. Final 12 months’s 3-9 report sparked main adjustments in hopes of a turnaround in ‘22, together with the arrival of a brand new play-caller (Mark Whipple) on offense.

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6. Illinois

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: The Preventing Illini simply missed a bowl in coach Bret Bielema’s first season in Champaign, however there was appreciable progress in final 12 months’s 5-7 report. Illinois knocked off Nebraska, Penn State and Minnesota, whereas additionally shedding 4 video games by one rating. Getting over the hump in ’22 requires extra out of an offense that averaged solely 20.2 factors a recreation and ranked final within the Huge Ten in passing.

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7. Northwestern

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A few of what Athlon Sports activities has to say: If current tendencies maintain, an excellent 12 months (2022) might be a very good one for Northwestern. In spite of everything, the Wildcats gained the Huge Ten West Division in ’18 and ’20 however had similar 3-9 data within the final two odd-year campaigns (’19 and ’21). Returning to the convention title recreation goes to be a heavy carry in ’22, nonetheless.

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Huge Ten Championship Recreation

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Ohio State over Wisconsin

Athlon Sports activities has Ohio State returning to the acquainted spot of Huge Ten champion in 2022, beating Wisconsin within the title recreation. Ought to the Buckeyes win the Huge Ten this 12 months, it will likely be their fifth within the final six years.

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