Big Ten Football: 10 Best Players from BCS Era

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Big Ten Football: 10 Best Players from BCS Era
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The BCS has been consigned to the history books, and many Big Ten fans may be happy to see it go.  After all, the Bowl Championship Series was marred with repeated disappointments for the conference.  But despite winning just a lone BCS title way back in 2002, the conference had more than its fair share of spectacular individual performances.

To expand on the great player performances, the Big Ten racked up an impressive list of individual awards that rival any conference in the nation.  The list of awards includes more than 50 national individual awards, including two Heisman Trophy winners.

Any list identifying the top-10 players from a conference when there are so many award winners to pick from is going to be somewhat subjective, so we've laid out a few simple ground rules.  First, we're excluding some pretty great players from Big Ten programs that never actually played in the Big Ten during the BCS era (1998-2013).  Sorry, Nebraska fans, but you won't see Ndamukong Suh's name here.  Secondly, with so many players receiving national awards, it's not crazy to limit our selections to players who received a national award, a Big Ten Player of the Year Award or was a consensus All-American.

With those provisos laid out, we now present Bleacher Report's selection of the top-10 Big Ten football players from the Bowl Championship Series era.

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