In a year in which the Big Ten's lone undefeated team is ineligible for any postseason appearances, the conference is as strong as ever. While some will account the lack of BCS Championship contenders to weakness, there is a greater balance in the Big Ten than ever before.
So much so, that certain athletes have risen to the level of elite. A level that qualifies them as capable of starting in the SEC.
Regardless of which side of the ball they play, there is a great deal of talent in the Big Ten. Although the SEC will garner the headlines, the individuals coming out of the Midwest are amongst the best in the nation.
So who has separated themselves as the best of the best? Who could start in the SEC?