As Big Ten Media Days kicks off and pundits go into overdrive with their preseason predictions and expectations, which will win their respective divisions, and which will be the next team to receive a bowl ban, it is worth considering the path to the conference championship.
In other words, which program faces the toughest course to the Dec. 3 matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis?
Even though both Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for both the conference championship game and a bowl game, they will be included in this countdown.
The first Big Ten game has Michigan State facing Boise State on Aug. 31, just 36 days away.
That game will play a substantial part in determining which team—starting with the softest and finishing with the strongest—has the conference's toughest schedule.