Thus far into the season it has become apparent that the Big Ten has not come to shape as some may have predicted before the season began.
The Michigan State Spartans have shaken the scene of the conference up with an undefeated 7-0 start with key wins over Notre Dame and Michigan; however they have not played a game yet outside of the state of Michigan.
The Iowa Hawkeyes who were tauted by many to perhaps win the conference have proven to be a true contender for the title; with convincing wins over Michigan and Penn State. The true tests for the Hawkeyes still lie ahead, but are in Kinnick.
The Purdue Boilermakers are 2-0 in conference play despite key injuries which include a season-ending knee injury to quarterback Robert Marve. Few expect them to keep up this pace, but a bowl appearance is not out of the question at this point.
The Wisconsin Badgers are the team of interest for many as they recently knocked off the top team in the country in Ohio State. An easy schedule awaits them if they can walk out of Iowa City with a win, and a conference title is possible.
The Ohio State Buckeyes for obvious reasons cannot be discounted to still be the top dog in the conference after the loss in Madison.
As for the rest of the teams in the conference, any one of them could make a late season run, and position themselves nicely for an excellent bowl, minus Minnesota.