Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Best Rivalries in the Big Ten

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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Best Rivalries in the Big Ten
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The Big Ten Conference is one that's rich in history and tradition. Many of its members have a long and historic football past. Some of the teams have been facing each other since the 1800's.

As the 2012 season wraps up with Rivalry Week, it's fitting to take a look at the best current rivalries from the Big Ten. 

When the Big Ten expanded in 2011 and teams were placed into divisions, some traditional games were lost. Penn State and Michigan State no longer battle each year for the Land Grant Trophy. The Heartland Trophy is no longer passed yearly between Iowa and Wisconsin.  

Since a few of the former rivalry games will only happen once every few years, only current Big Ten rivalries were considered for the list. This slideshow highlights several conference rivalry games and ranks them from 10-1.

Rankings were decided by a few different factors: history, competitiveness and trophy name if applicable.

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