This is the first installment in my series of conference previews for the upcoming 2011-2012 college football season. Many things are subject to change, but early predictions are fun to read with the long summer lull in sports.
Which teams are on the rise? The decline? Who will be each team's impact player?
With Ohio State seemingly in a tailspin, the newly configured Big Ten is up for grabs. Nebraska's admission to the conference brings another perennial powerhouse into the mix. The conference has been divided into two awkwardly named divisions: the "Legends" and the "Leaders." While these division names make very little sense, the Big Ten schedule is just as much of a mystery. How will things shake out? Well, you just sit back and read, I'll do all the thinking.