Now that I've highlighted why Wisconsin could win the Big Ten based on what assets they possess, I'll turn to why Iowa and Ohio State may fall short in the end because of what they lack, respectively.
Honestly, Iowa is in probably the best position to win the Big Ten of any school.
They get both Wisconsin and Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium and return many key pieces from a team that won the Orange Bowl last season.
But, that's not to say they don't have their flaws.
And one of those flaws, quarterback Ricky Stanzi's history of inconsistency and turnovers, could be a deciding factor in whether Iowa takes the conference crown.
Stanzi is a talented quarterback. There's no doubt about that. He's led Iowa to wins, plain and simple.
But one thing is clear. For Iowa to win the Big Ten next year, they have to win games because of Ricky Stanzi, not in spite of him.
Last year, Stanzi completed only 56 percent of his passes and threw 15 interceptions.
Those numbers, especially his interception total, need to improve next season.
If there's one thing that kills championship dreams, it's turnovers. And if there's one thing that kills Iowa's dreams in 2010, it may be just that.