A lot of attention was focused on the league during the off-season. Expansion talk took on a life of its own. But when the dust settled, and Nebraska came aboard to begin play in 2011, the same 11 combatants that have faced off every year since ‘94, when Penn State entered athletics competition, go at it again.
The Bowl Championship Series started in 1999 and the Big Ten has sent two representatives in all but three years. Ohio State has played in an amazing eight BCS games in that time, while Michigan reached the level three times and Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin got their two times each.
Can the conference continue its dominating role on college football's biggest stage? Can anybody unseat the Buckeyes atop the standings? We'll try to answer these and other questions: