Montee Ball

15. Wisconsin

While Ohio State and Michigan generated the most Big Ten offseason hype, it's Wisconsin that has gone to the past two Rose Bowls. The Badgers have few obstacles in their path toward the Big Ten championship game, with Leaders Division rivals Penn State and Ohio State benched by postseason bans. They also have plenty of returning talent, including 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball at running back, the Big Ten's two leading tacklers in linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, and, of course, that always-imposing offensive line. Maryland transfer Danny O'Brien will try to follow Russell Wilson's footsteps and go from the ACC to Pasadena in one year. Don't be surprised if Bret Bielema's team makes it three Rose Bowls in a row. -- Brian Bennett, ESPN.com Big Ten blogger