No conference comes close to matching the Big Ten's depth in terms of its talent pool. With five teams in the AP's top 14, the battle for the conference title will be even more competitive than in years past.
The Big Ten is chock-full of playmakers, and it's no coincidence that all of the conference's ranked teams have at least one representative, and in some cases two, on this list. In fact, a few of the Big Ten's elite have even begun to generate National Player of the Year buzz.
Those playmakers that are garnering national attention aren't doing so solely by scoring. Athleticism, passing ability, defense and, of course, offensive production were all taken into consideration.
Playmakers, particularly in the Big Ten, are exactly why some pundits believe the championship runs through this conference. So, just who are the Big Ten's top playmakers?