The last few years haven’t exactly been the greatest times for the Big Ten.
The Penn State sex abuse scandal, the Ohio State memorabilia scandal, the postseason struggles, plus the team’s declining prospect presence in the NFL draft have diminished the conference's reputation.
The league may be expanding by adding the likes of Rutgers and Maryland to boost its presence on the East Coast. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the conference's current stock—in terms of the national stage—is on a downswing.
2013 is a vital season for the Big Ten. Ohio State is the squad with the most talent and the highest expectations to live up to. However, there’s plenty of other talent spread across the league, which will make things interesting this year.
Here’s a look at the Big Ten’s top 30 players for the 2013 season.