We're really into the home stretch at this point, as three weeks are all that's left of the Big Ten regular season. Three weeks and then it's time to settle in for the winter for Ohio State, Penn State and all the teams that couldn't manage six wins against the rest of this horrendous conference.
We're starting to see the stratification of the Big Ten come into clearer focus, as there's about three or four tiers of quality in the conference this year, depending on what you want to do with one certain team. You'll see.
So, let's rank the Big Ten not only No. 1 through No. 12, but in these tiers as well. Here's what they roughly correspond to:
TIER 1: Capable on any given week of playing the best of anybody in the Big Ten
TIER 2: Dangerous but flawed; still going to a bowl game
TIER 2.5: Could go either way, but not a great fit in either Tier 2 or 3
TIER 3: Wretched football that you shouldn't be forced to pay to see
Want to see where your team lands? Only one way to find out: keep reading.