BCS Rankings 2011: Is Big Ten Deepest Conference in College Football?

Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2011

BCS Rankings 2011: Is Big Ten Deepest Conference in College Football?

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    While the Big Ten is often considered overrated every season, I believe it is the deepest conference in college football.

    Currently, the Big Ten has five teams in the AP Top 25: the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Illinois Fighting Illini and the Michigan State Spartans.

    Three of those teams are undefeated, while the Spartans and Corhuskers have one loss apiece. 

    Only time will tell if they can keep the streaks alive.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers are a legitimate threat to get a shot at this season's national championship game.

    The team is currently ranked ninth in rushing yards per game and third in both points for and points against. 

    In my opinion, they are the most balanced team in the country.

    They may not be the most talented team, but they are the most physical. Nobody has even given them a game yet to this point, and I look for that trend to continue.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    The Cornhuskers' only loss is to a fellow Big Ten team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

    Another great rushing team, they are difficult to stop and can score in bunches. Good enough defensively, look for them to win out.

    If Taylor Martinez can clean up his release, this team could compete for a championship next season.

    Either way, they look to earn a trip to a BCS game.

Michigan Wolverines

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    Michigan has one of the most exciting players in the country in Denard Robinson.

    The Wolverines have a chance to go undefeated if they stay healthy.

    The defense has improved tremendously this season. The offense is unstoppable when it's clicking, but when they struggle, the defense can pick up some slack.

Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Yet another team loaded with talent, Illinois has a legitimate shot to go undefeated.

    Nathan Scheelhaase is one of many Big Ten quarterbacks that can beat you with his feet or his arm.

    Running is the staple to this offense, as it is with most of the Big Ten contenders. If you can run the ball consistently and play defense, you can compete against anyone.

Michigan State Spartans

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    Michigan State would be as good as Wisconsin if they had a decent quarterback.

    This team is as good as it gets defensively. Third in the country in points against—you better pack a lunch before taking the field against the Spartans!

    Rarely out of any game, the Spartans' defense will keep them in games no matter who they play.

    If Kirk Cousins can take care of the ball, don't be surprised to see this team knock off a solid team come bowl season.

Deep Now, the Future Is Even Brighter for the Big Ten

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    All of the teams listed will be even better next season, with Ohio State looking to return to prominence.

    Hate them all you want, but Big Ten teams can beat anyone.

    There are six teams who could see bowl action—those I talked about and even a down Ohio State team.

    Five will more than likely finish he season in the Top 25 of the BCS standings.

    That's 20 percent of all teams ranked from the Big Ten.