Wisconsin is experiencing a football golden age because of two great coaching hires. Did they make a third in Gary Andersen? And can Andersen make the most of quite a few interesting weapons this fall?
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien pulled off one of the greatest coaching jobs you'll ever see in 2012, not only preventing collapse after a turbulent (to say the least) few months, but actually engineering some improvement.
With what should be one of the two or three best defenses in the country and a mostly easy home slate, Michigan State should easy place in the top 20 and win 8-9 games. The numbers suggest the ceiling could be much, much higher.
Purdue's hire of new head coach Darrell Hazell was safe and sensible. But with a flawed roster at his disposal and a brutal schedule on tap, we probably won't begin to learn if he was right hire until at least 2014.