Conference Breakdown: Big Ten

5 things to know about the Big Ten

Biggest game: Ohio State at JIM HARBAUGH, November 28

Player to always watch: Braxton Miller, the only one of Ohio State's many weapons to have been an All-B1G QB

Team nobody wants to play: Minnesota

Coach who really needs wins: Tim Beckman, Illinois

Don't be surprised if ... Michigan State wins this thing. Well, a little surprised.

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Tier 1

Ohio State

Winning repeat championships is hard, but this is an excellent chance.

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Tier 2

Michigan State

Michigan State, one of the country's steadiest winners. Imagine saying that a decade ago.

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Tier 3

Wisconsin

Despite all this change, still the Big Ten West's safest bet.

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Nebraska

Nebraska's set up for ... about nine wins. Can Mike Riley capitalize?

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Michigan

Jim Harbaugh's almost a sure thing, but 2015 could go two ways.

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Penn State

The Nittany Lions could win 10 games this year, questionable offense and all.

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Minnesota

Is one more step forward enough to win the Big Ten West?

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Tier 4

Iowa

Iowa football. Another season of it will happen.

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Maryland

Be patient with Randy Edsall for one more year, Maryland fans.

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Rutgers

What will 2015 tell us about Rutgers' standard in the Big Ten?

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Northwestern

Northwestern's breakthrough was years ago. When's the follow up?

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Indiana

Make-or-break year.

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Illinois

Will more progress on the field be enough?

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Purdue

Purdue is clearly getting better. No, seriously.

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Tier 5