The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division's conference dominance.
Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers as a contender for the College Football Playoff.
Iowa has the nation's top tight end in Noah Fant, Northwestern is coming off its second 10-win season in three years and Purdue is on the rise under Jeff Brohm. Nebraska, mostly a non-factor since joining the league in 2011, is poised to make a move up after native son Scott Frost was brought home to revive the proud program.
Teams from the current East, dating to the...