Nittany Lions, Badgers, Wildcats surprise Big Ten foes

From red-hot Penn State to surprising Wisconsin and Northwestern, here's a midseason look at the Big Ten teams.

Updated: October 12, 2005, 3:50 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to
Here's a quick midseason look at the Big Ten teams:

Illinois Fighting Illini
Ron Zook knew it would require patience to rebuild Illinois, which explains why he made the word "believe" his team's motto.