The Big Ten saw a resurgence of traditional powers this year, with Ohio State surging to an undefeated record and Wisconsin trotting to its second straight Big Ten title.
As the conference heads into the new year, each team will look for a playmaker and leader to guide them to victory.
The 2013 season could see the rise of a Big Ten team back into the national championship discussion. For that to happen, one of these 12 players will have to become a household name.
Here is a look at the top returning player for each team in the Big Ten for the 2013 season.