Originally Posted by revefsreleets
They are still only 1-2 in NCG's under Tressel. Let's not forget about 2002 just yet.
They've also WON some big games in the last few years...in Texas. In Happy Valley. In the Big House (Michigan WAS ranked #2 not so long ago).
The rumors of the Big Ten's demise have been greatly overstated...
AGREED!!! People do need to realize that the Big Ten isn't just Ohio State, it isn't just Michigan. Penn State has put together a great stretch of 4 years(2 Big Ten Titles and they have won 3 out of 4 Bowl Games) together and if everything goes accordingly will compete with Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship.
Also the Big Ten has a few Dark Horse Calibur teams.
Returns 14 starters from the team that won the Outback Bowl last year. If they can overcome the loss of Shon Greene on offense they could be a great force in the Big Ten.
Returns 15 starters and the only big shoes they need to fill are offense at QB and RB and at DE.
Traditionally I'd usually put them in contention for the Big Ten Championship no matter what, but this team after going 3-9 is going to be much better Returning almost their entire offense. If they can revamp their D they'll be in good shape.
In all honesty the Big Ten has a shot to send 8-9(Only if conferences can't fill their bids) teams to Bowl Games this year depending on what teams like Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Northwestern do. The only teams who appear to not have a bowl game this year to look forward to appear to be Indiana, and Purdue.