- Brian Fremeau, ESPN Insider
Ever since the Ohio State Buckeyes posted back-to-back BCS Championship Game losses at the end of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, a cloud of uncertainty has hung over the Big Ten.
Fair or not, those letdowns completely colored the perception of the entire conference -- overrated, slow, uninspiring, etc. It's an image problem with only one real solution: win and win big.
Might this be the year the Big Ten's upper crust asserts itself and recovers its national respect?
The road to the national title game is full of traps. But for the Big Ten's biggest teams (Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin), the road to success may be the most palatable the conference has seen since 2006.