As the countdown to Big Ten football enters the final days, there are many players around the conference getting ready for a breakout season in 2013.
Whether these players had a great 2012 or a promising spring camp and fall camp, these will be the superstars competing for national awards and All-American status at the end of the season. Circumstances like a lot of inexperience around some of these players will also help the spotlight shine more on them than ever before.
The following players show that the top level of talent does not reside solely in Columbus and Ann Arbor. Quite to the contrary, the other teams competing for Big Ten championships are recruiting and developing solid talent as well, even if the depth may be a bit less in some programs.
Still, all it takes is a couple of injuries and an entire team—even a good one—can be derailed from success. Just ask Iowa's running back corps from the past three years.
Next week, actual football will finally be the talk. For now, enjoy the final look ahead at the players who will define how well the Big Ten will do in 2013.
The following list is in no particular order, as all 10 of the players will be huge factors in the conference championship race.