When a college football fan thinks about offense, images that come to mind are that of wide-open passing attacks in the Big 12, high-octane scoring machines in the Pac-12 (a.k.a USC and Oregon) and, occasionally, an SEC one-and-done explosion of points, like Cam Newton’s Auburn of 2010 and Arkansas last season.
Whatever those pictures of offense are, they certainly haven’t been of the Big Ten within recent memory. The conference has often been viewed as a group of grind-it-out teams that offer nothing but defensive slugfests and low-scoring affairs.
Some of this is true, however Big Ten teams have some of the most versatile and game-changing athletes in the country heading into the 2012 season.
Given that the Big Ten is traditionally run-oriented, the majority of these playmakers are carrying the football 25-plus times a game. However, there is a quarterback or two (see Denard Robinson) and a few wide receivers that could make all the difference for their squads in the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at Robinson and the rest of the offensive weapons in the Big Ten that will make an impact and headlines.