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Conference Record: 9-2
Season Record: 9-2
You may think I'm being a bit of a homer, but in the word's of 'The Dude', "that's just, like, your opinion, man!"
The Big Ten appears to have 4 national championship contenders this year in Iowa, Ohio State, a dark horse in Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
Okay, I get it. Nebraska doesn't count, but still, 3 legitimate contenders who are all top 10 teams in my opinion.
The Big Ten also has depth this year, with Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State all sporting quality teams.
Who Impressed: Michigan was the biggest pleasant surprise for the conference, and Denard Robinson looks like the real deal.
Illinois performed better than expected against a veteran Missouri squad, and they held a very explosive offense in check in the loss.
Wisconsin: not a lot of BCS teams have the moxie to schedule dangerous OOC games against teams across the country that would completely embarrass you if it's close, yet Wisconsin did just that, and beat UNLV handily.
Who Unimpressed: Michigan State looked sloppy on offense. Luckily they'll have one more week to clean things up before the Irish come knocking.
Penn State looked very sloppy, and couldn't run the ball against FCS Youngstown State. What happened to their offensive line from last year?
They finished the season so strongly once they gelled toward the end of the season, and they look so mediocre. They're making me look bad with my prediction that they'd upset Alabama.
Indiana: all I'm going to say is their defense is BAD.
Northwestern: despite going on the road to play an SEC school, Northwestern was expected to be better than they played against Vandy. That kind of play won't fly in the Big Ten.