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Last summer Nebraska jumped from the Big 12 conference to the Big 10 conference.
With Nebraska joining last summer, it now gives the Big 10 twelve teams and a chance to start competing with the other BCS conferences as the best football conference in the nation. There is a real possibility of the Mountain West being a better conference than the Big 10 this year, something the heads of the Big 10 do not want to have happen ever again.
Nebraska will be joining a very weak Big 10 conference. Michigan could be good next year but with a new coach and a new system The Wolverines may be still a few years away from winning like the old Michigan Wolverines did.
Penn State has a chance to be good even with the 7-6 record they had last year, but with Joe Paterno's future as the coach always the focal point of the season and a team based on young players, this does not sound like a good situation for the Nittany Lions.
Michigan St. had a great year in 2010, but could it be a one-year wonder? Did simply playing in a weak Big 10 conference last year make them look better than they actually were? Michigan St. did lose to Alabama 49-7 in the Capital One bowl.
Wisconsin tied Michigan St last year with an 11-2 record and a 7-1 conference record. The lone loss in the regular season was against Michigan St. However, Wisconsin was the only team to beat Ohio St. last year. Wisconsin finished the season with a loss at the Rose Bowl to TCU.
Nebraska will be coming into the conference as an early favorite and the only real competition will be the Ohio St. Buckeyes—that is, before Jim Tressel resigned.