1. Rutgers: Scarlet Knights only play likely contenders Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue and UW once each.

2. Wisconsin: Badgers get Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State twice each, Michigan State and Purdue at home only.

3. Northwestern: The start — at Indiana, Michigan, at Michigan State — is rough but it's manageable after that.

4. Illinois: Single-plays against Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland and Purdue could help Illini make a move.

5. Ohio State: Buckeyes could go 8-0 against Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Rutgers, which is a good starting point.

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