Ohio State's rise, Illinois' resurgence highlight Big Ten's season

Updated: December 13, 2007, 12:33 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com

News that a Big Ten team would return to the national championship game -- or that two league teams would reach BCS bowls -- wouldn't have shocked anyone in August.

Specifying which team would play for the BCS title, and which would land an at-large berth in the BCS rotation, would have arched eyebrows everywhere.

Michigan, No. 5 in the preseason polls, and Wisconsin, picked second in the conference behind the Wolverines and eventually the nation's ...

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