Big Ten Football 2011: How the Conference Will Look at the End of the Year

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Big Ten Football 2011: How the Conference Will Look at the End of the Year
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With the addition of Nebraska, the Big Ten landscape will look much different this coming fall. Big Ten competition is sure to be as fierce as ever this year. 

With the addition of divisions (and an ensuing conference championship game), nobody will have ever wanted to check the standings more consistently than during this season.

It was interesting to see a team like Michigan State make their run in 2010 to win their first Big Ten Championship 20 years.

It was also interesting to see Wisconsin get their shot at the Rose Bowl against TCU after a dominating 11-1 regular season. 

What really mattered down the stretch was where teams placed, to determine who would represent the conference in which bowl. There was much controversy over who to send where, after three teams (Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State) were all tied with equal records at the end of the season.

This year will be much different.

With the implementation of divisions and a conference championship game, there will be no controversy over who deserves a BCS (or National Championship) berth.

Now at the point of post-spring and pre-summer ball, here is how I feel the Big Ten, ripe with excitement, will look at the end of the 2011 regular season. 

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