Weaknesses for Big Ten title contenders

Updated: July 27, 2012, 10:39 AM ET
By Travis Haney

CHICAGO -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has said he has no immediate plans to restructure the divisions, now that only four of six teams in the Leaders Division are eligible for the conference championship. The defending league champ, Wisconsin, is probably OK with that. But a theoretical bye doesn't mean the Badgers are without flaws, something worth noting since they would see a member of the more contentious Legends Division in the B1G title game. And what weaknesses could hold back Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska?

Whoever best addresses their issues could very well wind up the conference's representative in the Rose Bowl. Will it again be Wisconsin? Or could one of the Michigan teams or Nebraska get there?

(For the sake of conversation, and because it could potentially win more games than Wisconsin, we'll include Ohio State in this list.)

Leaders Division

Wisconsin Badgers

Concern: Finding a way to stop the run