Nebraska's loss to Northwestern in Week 10 left the Big Ten without a top-10 squad; No. 12 AP/No. 12 coaches Penn State is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. And the Nittany Lions are followed by a slew of Big Ten schools that haven't been dominant: No. 13 AP/No. 13 coaches Michigan State, No. 14 coaches/No. 16 AP Wisconsin, No. 17 coaches/No. 19 Nebraska. Michigan straggles in at No. 21 coaches/No. 22 AP.
But the conference will still have a champion that heads to a BCS bowl, and there's a fairly good chance that there will be another two-loss team in the BCS at-large range. With the pool of at-larges likely to include light-traveling teams like Stanford, Oregon, and Boise State, the massive Big Ten fan bases are going to look very good to BCS bowl selection committees.