Tim May:

East Division

Predicted winner: Ohio State. The Buckeyes are loaded with returning starters and deep at almost all positions. They also appear to be revitalized on offense.

Trending up: Penn State. Funny to say about the team that won the league title last year, but this year folks around the country are taking heed of the Nittany Lions.

Trending down: Michigan State. The Spartans had their run among the league elite, but bouncing back after the downturn last season and the tumultuous offseason will be tough.

Bowl teams: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland

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West Division

Predicted winner: Wisconsin. It was tempting to pick Nebraska on a flyer, but the schedule shows that the Cornhuskers play Ohio State and Penn State, whereas Wisconsin has only one tough crossover game, vs. Michigan.

Trending up: Minnesota. It already was rising on defense and if the offense can “Row the boat” to P.J. Fleck’s rhythm, look out.

Trending down: Iowa. That’s primarily because it has tough divisional road games at Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa.

Bowl teams: Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa

Big Ten champion

Prediction: Ohio State 45, Wisconsin 20. But then the Buckeyes should have a revitalized offense that will make their championship-caliber defense proud.

Bill Rabinowitz

East Division

Predicted winner: Ohio State. Coach Urban Meyer and his staff are recruiting at a ridiculous level and a team with strong veteran leadership makes the Buckeyes the favorite on paper. Plus, the Penn State game is at home.

Trending up: Maryland. The Terrapins are at least a year away from being any kind of threat in the East, but DJ Durkin has brought in some strong recruiting classes and the program has Under Armour financial backing.

Trending down: Michigan State. The Spartans had a stunning collapse — their almost-upset of Ohio State notwithstanding — and a troubled offseason has put Mark Dantonio on the spot.

Bowl teams: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana

West Division

Predicted winner: Wisconsin. The Badgers have a much more manageable schedule than the gauntlet they overcame last year, and their defense should be stout, even with the loss of star linebacker Jack Cichy.

Trending up: Northwestern. The Wildcats have a star running back in Justin Jackson and quarterback Clayton Thorson has a big arm, all behind a top-quality offensive line.

Trending down: Minnesota. New coach P.J. Fleck is unquestionably dynamic, but the Gophers have little depth and need to break in a quarterback.

Bowl teams: Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota

Big Ten champion

Prediction: Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 24. No, it won’t be 59-0, but the Buckeyes’ superior talent prevails.

Todd Jones

East Division

Predicted winner: Ohio State. A quarterback with 30 career starts, the nation’s best defensive line, and another top-five freshman class give the Buckeyes plenty of fuel.

Trending up: Penn State. The defending Big Ten champs return a Heisman Trophy candidate in tailback Saquon Barkley and an explosive QB in Trace McSorley. But can they win in Columbus?

Trending down: Michigan State. The scandal-plagued Spartans have lost 12 players to dismissal, transfer or the NFL since last season’s 3-9 nightmare.

Bowl teams: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland, Indiana

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West Division

Predicted winner: Wisconsin. The schedule is much easier than last season and 14 starters return, including quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Coach Paul Chryst has been a great fit, going 21-6.

Trending up: Northwestern. The Wildcats will make a bid for a bowl win in two straights seasons for the first time ever because of QB Clayton Thorson and running back Justin Jackson.

Trending down: Nebraska. Mike Riley is 15-11, the Cornhuskers have lost at least four games in each of the past 13 seasons, and they haven’t won a league title since the Big 12 in 1999.

Bowl teams: Wisconsin, Northwestern, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota

Big Ten champion

Prediction: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 21. It won’t be as ugly for the Badgers as the massacre at the hands of Cardale Jones, but OSU once again has too much firepower.

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