Wisconsin (4) – Last year’s Badgers team reached its second straight Rose Bowl behind the quarterback play of transfer Russell Wilson. This year, Wisconsin welcomes another quarterback transfer into the mix – Danny O’Brien from Maryland. O’Brien inherits a polific offense that, led by running back Montee Ball, scored over 47 points per game in 2011. While Wisconsin has a difficult schedule, most of the Badgers’ tough games are at home (Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State). The bottom line is that every game on the schedule is winnable for this team, and the Big Ten Championship could be a play-in game for Wisco.
Why No Others? – As with the ACC, it’s highly probable that any team included from the Big Ten needs to be undefeated. Michigan opens the season against Alabama, and a poor showing may virtually eliminate the Wolverines from contention. Ohio State is banned from postseason play due to the tattoos-for-autographs scandal, while Michigan State’s schedule, which includes Boise State and Notre Dame on top of a rough Big Ten slate, may be too much to overcome.