The 2011 Big Ten football season will be one of the most intense and competitive in the nation. Not only are there several good teams, but it will be the first year the conference will have a championship game.
Several teams will be vying for the first conference championship since expanding to 12 teams, and as many as nine teams could go bowling in 2011.
Though none of the teams will be mentioned as preseason national championship contenders, one of them could emerge to shake things up at the top nationally.
Here are the preseason Big Ten football rankings for the 2011 season.