Big Ten Football: 3 Sleeper Rose Bowl Contenders for 2013

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Big Ten Football: 3 Sleeper Rose Bowl Contenders for 2013
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Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are undergoing a makeover on offense, which if successful, could put them in the mix to contend for a Rose Bowl berth.

Any discussion for the favorite to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl this season begins with Ohio State, but a handful of sleepers are ready to give Urban Meyer’s club a stiff challenge for the league title.

The Buckeyes are the clear favorites in the Leaders Division, but three-time defending conference champs Wisconsin will still be a formidable foe despite going through the coaching transition from Bret Bielema to Gary Andersen.

The top two teams from the Legends Division—Michigan and Nebraska—are strong candidates to crack the preseason Top 25 rankings, but Michigan State and Northwestern have enough talent returning to make a run at representing the division for the title game in Indianapolis.  

What makes the Spartans, Badgers and Wildcats clubs to watch for as potential dark horses in the race to claim the Big Ten title this fall? 

Find out in this breakdown of the three biggest sleepers from the Big Ten that will be Rose Bowl contenders this fall. 

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