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Old May 14, 2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Times & TV will be announced later (last year, times/tv were announced in August).
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Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina at Indiana
NC State at Michigan
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

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Old May 14, 2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Not very exciting matchups. GT was pretty bad last year, so hopefully we win handily at the AH.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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Not very exciting matchups. GT was pretty bad last year, so hopefully we win handily at the AH.
I agree that Georgia Tech at AH should be about as favorable a match-up as could have been assigned. This is not an inspiring pairing, but we will take a victory.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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So each night of the Challenge there's 2 games on ESPN, 2 on ESPN2, and 2 on ESPNU.

I'll go with the wild guess of 8:15pm CT, ESPNU, for the GT-IL game.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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I like the B1G chances again this year.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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7-5 B1G wins
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:24 PM   #7
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Looks like another W for the B1G here as well as the Illini. How did we get such a favorable draw this year??
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:33 PM   #8
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Definitely a good matchup for us. I know it's early still, but you have to like the B1G's chances of winning again.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:46 PM   #9
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Looks like another W for the B1G here as well as the Illini. How did we get such a favorable draw this year??
Because we sucked so bad last year.
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Old May 14, 2012, 01:53 PM   #10
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Old May 14, 2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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Because we sucked so bad last year.
This matchup is yet another indication of how far UI has dropped....
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Old May 14, 2012, 02:42 PM   #12
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This matchup is yet another indication of how far UI has dropped....
Yep. In the first 8 years the only NR team we played was UNC in the 2005 rematch of the NC game, and that team ended the season a 3 seed. We had 5 games against top 12 teams and two against #1 overall.

This will mark 4 of the last 5 years that Illinois has played a NR opponent. Hopefully after this years we'll be headed back in the right direction.
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Old May 14, 2012, 02:58 PM   #13
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This matchup is yet another indication of how far UI has dropped....
...or how little is expected of next season's team.
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Old May 14, 2012, 03:49 PM   #14
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...or how little is expected of next season's team.
Isn't matchups based on how each team finished in the conference last season? We aren't going play NC or Duke because of our poor finish last season. It has no reflection on what we are expected to do this year.
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Old May 14, 2012, 03:58 PM   #15
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Better enjoy the challenge this year, the B1G will be in BIG trouble once Pitt/Syracuse arrive.
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Old May 14, 2012, 04:12 PM   #16
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My daughter enrolls at GT this fall...looks like a grudge game to me!
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Old May 14, 2012, 04:53 PM   #17
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Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina at Indiana
NC State at Michigan
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

Seems to me like the bolded teams above are reasonable to be "W's", and that's 6 of 12 games already.

I'd probably put VT and Wake's games in the ACC bucket, but they aren't locks, either.

Of the other 4, I don't know enough yet, but would guess they split 2-2.

Bottom line early prediction: 8-4 B1G. That would be sweet, indeed!

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Old May 14, 2012, 06:01 PM   #18
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Isn't matchups based on how each team finished in the conference last season?
No.
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Old May 15, 2012, 08:52 AM   #19
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Isn't matchups based on how each team finished in the conference last season? We aren't going play NC or Duke because of our poor finish last season. It has no reflection on what we are expected to do this year.
I think it's based more on predicted finish of next season.
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Old May 15, 2012, 09:17 AM   #20
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I think it's based more on predicted finish of next season.
My mistake then. I thought they based it off of the previous years results.
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Old May 15, 2012, 09:21 AM   #21
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Yes, what could be better for an Illini Dawg than to whup up on the North Avenue Trade School and Auburn in same season!
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Old May 15, 2012, 10:53 AM   #22
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My mistake then. I thought they based it off of the previous years results.
It mostly is. Outside of the Minn-FSU game, the teams playing were pretty close in the final standings.

Final standing in parathesis

Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina (1) at Indiana (5)
NC State (t-4) at Michigan (t-1)
Minnesota (t-9) at Florida State (3)
Maryland (8) at Northwestern (t-7)
Iowa (t-7) at Virginia Tech (t-9)
Nebraska (t-11) at Wake Forest (t-9)

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State (t-1) at Duke (2)
Virginia (t-4) at Wisconsin (4)
Michigan State (t-1) at Miami (t-4)
Purdue (6) at Clemson (7)
Georgia Tech (t-9) at Illinois (t-9)
Boston College (t-9) at Penn State (t-11)
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Old May 15, 2012, 11:24 AM   #23
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Ohio State vs. Duke . . . . . looks to be the best match-up on the list!

Would just love to see a Big 10 win.



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Old May 15, 2012, 11:39 AM   #24
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Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina at Indiana
NC State at Michigan
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

I'm not quite as optimistic as others--looks like 7-5 ACC to me. Iowa/VaTech and Purdue/Clemson are toss-ups to me right now and I give the edge to the home team. BC will handle PSU, the Terps will beat the Kitties in a battle of mediocrity, Carolina will squeak one out against the Hoosiers, and tOSU and Duke will be perhaps the best non-conference game of the entire season.
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Old May 15, 2012, 11:51 AM   #25
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Tue, Nov 27
North Carolina at Indiana
NC State at Michigan
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebraska at Wake Forest

Wed, Nov 28
Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Miami
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn State

I'm not quite as optimistic as others--looks like 7-5 ACC to me. Iowa/VaTech and Purdue/Clemson are toss-ups to me right now and I give the edge to the home team. BC will handle PSU, the Terps will beat the Kitties in a battle of mediocrity, Carolina will squeak one out against the Hoosiers, and tOSU and Duke will be perhaps the best non-conference game of the entire season.
UNC loses almost its entire starting lineup from last season. IU returns pretty much everyone and is ranked 1st preseason. Plus it's at IU. I'll go with IU by double digits. Otherwise your picks are similar to mine.
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