With the college football season just around the corner for the Big Ten, predictions are being thrown around by just about everybody. Yesterday, a few ESPN.com writers shared some of their “fearless” predictions for the Big Ten as a whole this season.

Dan Murphy: No Big Ten team will make the College Football Playoff

“The East Division is loaded with three playoff contenders, but that could work against the league’s chances at landing a playoff spot for the third consecutive season,” Murphy said. “Here’s the hypothetical situation in which the Big Ten comes up empty in the postseason hunt this year. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all finish the year 10-2.”

The team Murphy failed to mention was Iowa. The Hawkeyes may not have as much talent as Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State, but their schedule is a light one.

The Hawkeyes only play one of the three aforementioned schools, and it’s Michigan at home. The game will be at night as well, so the crowd at Kinnick Stadium should be electric.

Jesse Temple: Michigan will go 13-0

“Michigan leapt from a five-win team in 2014 to a 10-win team in coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season a year ago — why can’t the Wolverines keep that momentum rolling and reach the College Football Playoff as a 13-0 team?” Temple asked. “Sure, that might sound crazy. Michigan must play at Michigan State, at Iowa and at Ohio State. But if the Wolverines’ defense is as good as it seems, it should keep them in every game.”

Like Temple pointed to, Michigan has to go on the road to face three really good teams within the Big Ten. Maybe Jim Harbaugh can pull off some magic, but I don’t know about that much wizardry.

Josh Moyer: Penn State has the most improved offense in the country

“Statistically, the Nittany Lions had the second-worst offense in the Big Ten last season and ranked No. 105 nationally in total offense,” Moyer said. “That was rock bottom. Get ready for one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation. Between talent, scheme and the new coaches, this offense is almost set up to surprise. Penn State boasts one of the deepest receiving corps in the conference and one of the nation’s top running backs in Saquon Barkley.”

Moyer makes a couple good points here. The talent is there for Penn State and when you rank 105th nationally in total offense, that team can make quite the leap the following season.

Austin Ward: Sam Hubbard will lead the nation in sacks

“Hubbard didn’t even officially become a starter until last week, and even then Ohio State hedged by suggesting that the redshirt sophomore might have to share that role with another talented pass-rusher,” Ward said. “And, of course, the Buckeyes still have another returning defensive end who finished with more sacks than Hubbard a year ago. But forget both of those things, because the first isn’t going to slow him down, and the second should only help him.”

Ward goes on to talk about how now that Hubbard has a stable starting job for the Buckeyes, he now has his opportunity to shine. I completely agree. Hubbard has elite talent and will be playing alongside elite players at Ohio State.

The entire article with each writer’s full analysis can be read here.