Big Ten Pivot Points: Gardner key to title? 

August, 22, 2013
Devin GardnerAP Photo/Tony DingMichigan's Big Ten title hopes may rest on the shoulders of QB Devin Gardner.

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The Big Ten is the next stop for the Pivot Points series, in which we dissect cause-and-effect scenarios to identify the swing factors for each of the "power five" conferences.

Included in the Big Ten discussion: Is Michigan QB Devin Gardner the real deal? Will Michigan State’s offense rise from its slumber to make the Spartans a factor? And will there be a drop-off at Wisconsin under new coach Gary Andersen?

Here's a look at five potential scenarios that could shape the conference this season:

1. If Devin Gardner is as good as advertised, then Michigan can win the Big Ten.