With five teams currently ranked in the Top 25—including three in the top 10—the Big Ten is perhaps the country's strongest conference.
Michigan State and Ohio State, ranked second and third, respectively, have received a large chunk of national publicity, but the Big Ten is far from a two team race.
Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin, while not quite in Sparty's and Brutus' league at the moment, nonetheless have the credentials and experience to contend.
While the top five give the Big Ten its 2010-2011 street cred, the conference has depth beyond the aforementioned squads. Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern and Penn State should be much improved, giving the Big Ten top-to-bottom balance it hasn't had in years.
Please board the Big Ten train for a slideshow adventure previewing the league MVP, Coach of the Year...and every conference puzzle piece in between.
Welcome to the brutal Big Ten.