Big Ten Football: Conference Play Midterm Grades and Rose Bowl Chances

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Big Ten Football: Conference Play Midterm Grades and Rose Bowl Chances
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All Big Ten teams have now played half of their conference games, with some teams already having played five B1G games. When we last graded the performances of the conference contenders back in September, it was difficult to discern the relative strength of these teams after less than one week of conference play.

Now there is more than enough data to grade these teams accurately and handicap the chances each has to win a chance to go to Pasadena.

The following grades are based on team statistics, records and the all-important "eye test" that always fails the Badgers come time for computer rankings. The chances to win the Big Ten title are based on my own rough predictions, assisted by Vegas lines, of how the remaining games will play out.

With the contenders and pretenders officially separated from one another, let's take a look at how your favorite team grades heading into the final four weeks of the regular season.

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