Numbers don't lie for Big Ten
On the January night in 2003 when Ohio State stunned Miami and won the national title, the Big Ten seemed poised for a renaissance.
The Buckeyes were back under Jim Tressel, and that wasn't all. Michigan and Penn State were their usual selves, rolling up 10 and nine victories, respectively. Iowa went 11-2 that season. Wisconsin and Minnesota each won eight games.
Surely, those schools and others in the league would rise to meet the Buckeyes at or near the summit.
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2009 College Football Preview
Will Florida repeat as BCS champion? Which teams will surprise? Who'll walk away with the major awards? ESPN.com's 2009 college football preview has the answers.