The Big Ten Conference as a whole has struggled this season. Right now only two teams from the conference are ranked in the BCS Top 25—Nebraska at 14 and Michigan at 20—and the conference will not fill their eight bowl tie-ins.
In fact with one week remaining the conference needs Purdue to beat Indiana and Michigan State—one of the preseason favorites to win the conference—to beat Minnesota to even fill seven of their eight spots. In other words, it is possible that the Big Ten could fail to fill three of their bowl spots.
That is largely due to the success of the conference's two bowl ineligible teams that have combined to go 12-2 in conference play, making it harder for the other teams to find wins.
One of the main reasons the conference has struggled so much this season is that some of its returning stars have regressed and some of its highest rated recruits have never developed.
Here is a look at ten of the many Big Ten players that have been surprisingly disappointing in 2012.
*Stats come from the Big Ten Conference website.