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Nebraska is a very popular pick to win the Big Ten this year, and with good reason.
The Huskers are flat-out loaded on defense, led by DT Jared Crick. But what about the offense, particularly QB Taylor Martinez?
Martinez is in his second season as a starter, and his first was marred by inconsistency.
When he was good, he was very good. But there were games when he was quite bad—how about that 6-14-2 performance against South Dakota State (no, that's not a misprint)?
In addition, the Huskers have a tough Big Ten slate. They don't get to play Indiana or Purdue, and must play all of the league's serious title contenders.
Ohio State and Iowa have question marks at quarterback.
Both teams must break in new starters, albeit for vastly different reasons. Wisconsin brings in transfer Russell Wilson at quarterback, and many feel he'll be the league's best quarterback in 2011. We'll dispel that myth momentarily.
Of course, Michigan fans may feel their team has the best quarterback in the Big Ten, and they might be right. The Wolverines have finally—mercifully—sent Greg Robinson on his way, and if they can make significant strides on defense, they may be part of the title picture as well. But that's a lot to ask in just one year.