College Football: 5 Reasons for and Against Each Team Winning the Big Ten

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College Football: 5 Reasons for and Against Each Team Winning the Big Ten

2011 looks to be one of the more competitive years in recent Big Ten history.

Going into 2010, there were three obvious favorites to win the conference: Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa. As it happened, Iowa fell off the map, and Michigan State surprised a lot of people (though they didn't surprise me).

Nevertheless, outside of the Iowa-Michigan State switch, there were three co-champions of the conference, and two of them were predictable.

In 2011, it will not be that easy.

Ohio State would be the obvious favorite, but they are having issues to the point that it is impossible to predict who will be coaching them tomorrow.

In most seasons, with 18 starters returning, Michigan would be an easy favorite. The problem is they are coming off the Rich Rodriguez fiasco, and Brady Hoke will attempt to implement a new system with players who were recruited specifically by and for Rodriguez's schemes.

Then there is Nebraska as the new kid in town, Penn State with its quarterback problems and Iowa, MSU and Wisconsin all with major holes to fill.

I also wouldn't completely count out Northwestern, Illinois or Purdue. Even Minnesota and Indiana will be competitive.

In the end, there are no 2011 Big Ten teams without any issues. On the other hand, there are no 2011 Big Ten teams without any decided strengths either.

The team that wins will be the team that answers the most questions. Here are five arguments for and against each Big Ten team winning the first-ever conference championship game in 2011.

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