It's that time of year. It's conference time. No more tune-ups against also-rans, never-weres, and Syracuse. Now it's time to see what these teams are made of. It's time to see if either 2008 champion can defend their crown. It's time to see which of the challengers can push to the front of the pack. It's time to see if the last three weeks meant anything. By the time the clocks expire on Saturday, I believe we'll have a much better sense of what time it is. Again, all of these wonderful items are available in the SBNation store.
|1.||128 (10)||Night time will be the right time to see if that offensive line can open holes against Big Ten defenses.|
||There has never been a better time to debate whether the OSU or USC method of losing is more preferable. Win all the easy ones and lose the big ones, or win the big ones and lose to a mediocre team every year?|
||More performances like the Wolverines had in the non-con and it will be time for the Michigan fans to admit that they've let Coach RichRod into their hearts.|
||The Hawkeyes know that this Saturday in Happy Valley is time to call upon all of their lucky charms.|
||Wisconsin knows that style points don't count - only scoreboard points when the number read 0:00.|
|6.||68||The Gophers still have time to bask in the shiny details of the new stadium. Actual performance at home won't really matter until down the road.|
||This Michigan State clock performs well until the last minute of games. Then, not so good...|
|8.||44||It might be time to admit that Indiana is not as easily breakable as we first thought.|
|8.||44||Time for the Northwestern defense to wake up from its five quarter slumber.|
||You'd be Cuckoo to think that one 1-AA win and a Bye Week would make us forget about how bad Illinois looked in their one true test this season.
|11.||16||Purdue found time to squeeze in one last non-con game before the start of the Big Ten season. We don't see that ending well.|
The Rivalry, Esq has reached out to the SBNation Big Ten bloggers to create this poll. Its purpose: find a consensus as to the power of the Big Ten teams. We invited each SBNation Big Ten blog to participate. We will vote each week. Invitations remain extended to the writers of Black Shoe Diaries and the Crimson Quarry to participate.