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Wisconsin gives West hope of challenging B10 East dominance

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...