Newcomers played a major role in the Big Ten's 2012 season, especially on the sidelines. Urban Meyer and Bill O'Brien took over at Ohio State and Penn State respectively, and each enjoyed wild amounts of success—especially given the murky situations they inherited.
Elsewhere, redshirt freshmen like Melvin Gordon and Joel Stave at Wisconsin, or Deion Barnes at Penn State, were able to make immediate on-the-field impacts with their new teams. As did true first-year guys like Aaron Burbridge at Michigan State and Noah Spence in Columbus.
The same type of swift impact from first-year individuals is likely to dictate the league in 2013. In every corner of the conference, another newcomer stands poised to alter his team's destiny.
Here are eight in particular who will have the biggest impact: