It's no secret that the Big Ten conference is having a down year—only three teams escaped non-conference play unbeaten—but it has a number of freshmen already making a significant impact on their respective teams.
Some squads are younger than others, and it has showed on the field thus far this season. Illinois and Penn State have the most freshmen contributing early on, and while this bodes well for the future, the Fighting Illini and Nittany Lions already have two defeats apiece.
Based on playing time received, statistics accumulated and future potential, I've compiled the ten best freshmen of 2012 in the Big Ten. Let's take a look at the list.