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The Big 10 took a step down last year and was not as strong as usual. Teams still made bowl games, but Big Ten teams were beaten badly in most of them.
This year may not be much different. Wisconsin is the favorite again, with Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State close behind. These four teams all have a great shot at a BCS appearance this season.
|Montee Ball, Wisconsin|
Ohio State should be better than last year and post a winning record. But it will not be a record the Buckeyes are accustomed to, and they are still not bowl eligible.
Northwestern and Iowa figure to be the next best teams. Both the Wildcats and Hawkeyes will make a bowl game, but will hover around seven or eight wins.
Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana will not challenge for the Big 10 title, but they still can make lower-tier bowls this year.
Minnesota is still a couple of years away and will remain in the cellar.
The biggest disappointment this year will be Penn State. With the heavy sanctions, having no bowl game, people everywhere rooting against them, and this scandal hanging over their program, it will be hard for Penn State to win more then two games, especially with starters leaving. Penn State will have problems this year and for the years to follow.
1. Wisconsin 11-1 (7-1)
2. Ohio State 9-3 (5-3)
3. Illinois 6-6 (4-4)
4. Purdue 6-6 (3-5)
T5. Indiana 5-7 (1-7)
T5. Penn State 2-10 (1-7)
1. Michigan 10-2 (7-1)
2. Michigan State 10-2 (6-2)
T3. Nebraska 9-3 (5-3)
T3. Northwestern 8-4 (5-3)
5. Iowa 8-4 (4-4)
6. Minnesota 4-8 (1-7)
Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin over Michigan