Rating Every Big Ten Team as a Contender or Pretender in 2013

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Rating Every Big Ten Team as a Contender or Pretender in 2013
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Every team in the Big Ten is looking to rebound after a subpar performance took place in 2012. Out of 12 teams, five had a losing record last year and two of the better clubs in the conference weren't even eligible to participate in a bowl game. Everybody is hoping for an improved effort for all teams involved next season.

Ohio State is now eligible to compete for a conference title, and with every team returning double-digit starters from a year ago, the overall competition should be much better than it was last season. However, even with the future looking bright for a few teams on the rise, there aren't many that stand out as true contenders heading into the new year.

As we approach spring ball and continue to dive into a long offseason, here are the early 2013 pretenders and contenders for each team in the Big Ten.

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