Northwestern captured the B1G West division in resounding fashion this season, but at least one analyst is predicting a much closer finish in 2019.
J Leman with the Big Ten Network took time to break down the teams in a position to compete next season, and he believes nearly every team in the division is primed for a run to the B1G Championship Game. The only team he sees as out of the race is Illinois:
“Who’s going to win the (B1G) West next year? It could be anybody,” exclaimed Leman. “I think there’s six teams – everybody but Illinois – that have a shot at competing for that West division title.”
Northwestern may have won the West this season, but Wisconsin and Iowa appear poised for a rebound in 2019. Add in Minnesota and Purdue, bowl teams from 2018, and Nebraska, who continues to rise under Scott Frost, and 2019 could be a crazy year for the division.
You can see Leman’s breakdown below, courtesy of BTN:
“I think there’s six teams, everybody but Illinois–Illinois’ still a little bit behind in the rebuilding process–that have a legitimate shot for competing for that West Division title.”
– J Leman on 2019 West race pic.twitter.com/rgqI92GpyM
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 29, 2018