I'll admit this right up front: I'm a Big Ten guy.
I grew up in Ohio, where I was raised on the Gospel of Woody and Bo, and I went to school at Penn State, where in the 1990s I saw some truly great Big Ten teams, some truly great Big Ten games, and some truly great Big Ten players.
I saw Orlando Pace and Eddie George at Ohio State, Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson at Michigan and LaVar Arrington and Ki-Jana Carter at Penn State. I saw Ron Dayne at Wisconsin, Drew Brees at Purdue and Antwaan Randel-El at Indiana.
I saw, in other words, the Big Ten at its best.
But today, I'm seeing ... well, I'm seeing the Big Ten at its worst.
These are dark, dark times for the once proud Big Ten, and the question everybody seems to asking is this: Is there any way forward for this league?
That's the question I attempt to answer here, as I begin to look ahead to the 2013 Big Ten football season, including an up-close look at Penn State. More team-specific previews to come, folks, so stay tuned.
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