Big Ten Preview: Both Ohio State and Iowa figure to be top-10 contenders.
Big Ten Preview: Both Ohio State and Iowa figure to be top-10 contenders.

This article is part of our 2010 Conf. Previews series.

p>If you're a Big Ten fan, you were probably developing a bit of an inferiority complex after the start of the 2009 season.

The conference hasn't won a national championship since Ohio State in 2002. The last two attempts featured the Buckeyes getting obliterated by Florida and LSU in the 2006 and 2007 title games, respectively, further supporting the idea that the Big Ten just can't keep up with the other BCS conferences.

If Big Ten fans were feeling uneasy before the season, their fears reached a new extreme when Ohio State, the conference's seemingly only hope for nationwide contention, barely escaped Week 1 with a 31-27 victory against Navy. While that was going on, the Iowa Hawkeyes nearly lost to the lowly Northern Iowa Panthers in a 17-16 contest.

Things got worse in Week 2. Fresno State, a WAC team, took Wisconsin to double-overtime, with the Badgers narrowly escaping in a 34-31 win. Meanwhile, Michigan State lost 29-27 to the MAC's Central Mic

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