Power Ranking the 2012 Big Ten Football Schedules

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Power Ranking the 2012 Big Ten Football Schedules
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Which Big Ten team has the strongest schedule in 2012, and how much does that matter?

Some argue it matters quite a bit. Due to the BCS rules, the Michigan Wolverines were almost kept out of a BCS bowl game in 2011 because strength of schedule left them struggling to get into the top 14 in the final BCS poll.

This year, with out-of-conference games against Notre Dame and Alabama, Michigan shouldn't have that problem.

What of the other Big Ten teams? Which teams will have the "easiest" road to the conference championship, and which teams really have to earn it?

The reference to "missing" concerns the conference teams that said team will not meet this season.

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