Best-, worst-case scenarios for every team in 2022


Following Michigan’s breakthrough season as Big Ten champions, could the conference produce another first-time College Football Playoff participant in 2022? It’s time for offseason best- and worst-case scenarios for every Big Ten team, a closer look at every program’s schedule with potential pitfalls included for each.

Considering the Big Ten East is one of the nation’s most difficult divisions, those on the other side of the conference have a considerably more favorable path to being in the mix – that is, as long as the heavyweights miss Ohio State and Michigan in cross- divisional contests.

Also, there are several Big Ten coaches facing what amounts to “contract seasons” and need to show improvements – or else. Scott Frost at Nebraska is one who comes to mind after failing to reach a bowl game in each of his first four years with the Huskers.

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Here’s a look at every Big Ten program’s best and worse case scenarios this season after breaking down schedules and possibilities from a game-by-game standpoint.

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