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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Big Ten's returning starters in 2012

By Adam Rittenberg

Returning starters don't guarantee success, but they often help. The teams with fewer players stepping into unfamiliar roles typically enter the season with fewer question marks.

Phil Steele recently tallied all the returning starters throughout the FBS, and you can check out the full rankings.

Here's how the Big Ten stacks up:

1. Indiana (total of 19)

2. Ohio State (total of 18)
T-3. Michigan (total of 16)
T-3. Nebraska (total of 16)
T-3. Purdue (total of 16)
T-6. Illinois (total of 14)
T-6. Michigan State (13)
8. Minnesota (total of 13)
T-9. Iowa (total of 12)
T-9. Northwestern (total of 12)
T-9. Penn State (total of 12)
12. Wisconsin (total of 10)

Some takeaways: