Two of the most talented players in the Big Ten Conference—Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell—departed after the 2012 college football season, opening the door for a new wave of Midwest stars.
The Big Ten still boasts a number of skilled running backs who could be taking the place of the likes of Ball and Bell at the top of next year's All-Big Ten lists.
Additionally, a number of the Big Ten's well known players will return in 2013 with plenty of work left to do in order to live up to their reputations and truly be regarded as the best in the conference.
Today we'll take a look at a few players who haven't been as good as advertised, as well as a few under-appreciated talents in the conference.
Starting now, here are the underrated and overrated players of the Big Ten: