Big Ten Football: Dark-Horse Teams Who Could Shake Up Big Ten

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Big Ten Football: Dark-Horse Teams Who Could Shake Up Big Ten
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The Big Ten title chase, while always fun to watch, typically boils down to the same handful of teams year after year. It's easy to see why programs like Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin get so much attention in the preseason, but what about the other nine teams that round out the Big Ten standings? It seems they never get their fair share of column inches until something profound and unexpected occurs.

Rather than going into even more reasons why Ohio State is favored in the Leaders Division and why an exciting battle at the top of the Legends is brewing on the 2013 horizon, here we'll take a look at the Big Ten teams that no one expects to do much more than fill in the bottom half of the standings come November.

Picking dark-horse teams in notoriously difficult but always fun. It's also worth noting that we're picking teams here not necessarily for championship contention, but teams that could have an impact on those that do.

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