The Big Ten took a slide backwards last year when the conference failed to reach everyone’s expectations for the season. Ohio State and Penn State were surprises, but the rest of the conference had a major down year.
For the Big Ten to return, key powerhouses have to return and the conference needs to fill all of its bowl allotments. It failed to do so in 2012.
A number of other keys will help this conference return to national prominence in 2013.
For the Big Ten to rise, it has to follow this script.