It's still six months away, but even at this early stage eyes are starting to focus on the Big Ten Championship Game on December 6. With the addition of two new teams bringing changes to the divisions of the conference, the Big Ten is sure to be exciting this season.
But which teams will be able to ride that excitement to Indianapolis and play for a likely berth in the first-ever College Football Playoff?
Michigan State made an impressive run through the conference last season, finishing 8-0 and knocking off Ohio State in the conference title game. What's more, MSU beat every Big Ten opponent last season by double digits. Can you remember the last team to do that? We can't.
(For the record, it was Michigan in 1943).
New teams and new divisions mean new challenges. Michigan State and Ohio State, once cross-division foes, will now battle it out in the regular season for the right to play in Indianapolis.
And what about the West Division? Can Nebraska finally capture that elusive Big Ten title? Can the Huskers finally make it through a season under Bo Pelini without losing four games? Is Wisconsin ready for a championship comeback?
We'll ponder those questions and more as we take a peek at the five most likely Big Ten Championship Game matchups for 2014.