Over the past couple of weeks, we presented our choices for each Big Ten team's most important game of the season, in video form.
Now, we want to know what game you think is the most important in the league this season. We don't necessarily mean the best or most entertaining game, but the one that will ultimately have the largest impact on the conference race.
Wisconsin at Ohio State, Sept. 28: The Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game might be decided before October arrives. Or at least the potential exists, as these two teams are clearly the favorites to get to Indianapolis from the division. Wisconsin's other Big Ten road games are at Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, so if the Badgers can pull off a win in Columbus, they could become the team to beat.
Ohio State at Northwestern, Oct. 5: It's not a division game, but it's one Northwestern needs to validate itself as a rising Big Ten power. The Wildcats have beaten the Buckeyes only once since 1971, and their fans should be pumped up for the conference opener at night at Ryan Field. With a trip to Wisconsin looming the following week, Northwestern needs to get off to a good start in league play to contend in the Legends Division.
Michigan at Michigan State, Nov. 2: This is always a huge game for the Spartans, who have beaten the Wolverines the last two times the Paul Bunyan Trophy was at stake in East Lansing. This game should also have major division implications. Michigan State could be 4-0 in the Big Ten by the time this game arrives, thanks to a schedule that begins with games against Iowa, Indiana Purdue and Illinois.
Nebraska at Michigan, Nov. 9: The Legends race is crowded, but most people expect these two teams to slug it out for the title. The winner of the this game has gone on to big things the past two years; Michigan went to the Sugar Bowl in 2011, while Nebraska made the Big Ten title game last season. Having the game in Ann Arbor, where Brady Hoke has yet to lose as head coach, is very advantageous to the Wolverines.
Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 30: Some would argue this is always the most important game of the year in the Big Ten, regardless of record. While The Game won't be a division game until 2014, it could still hold league title ramifications. And who knows? It could be the first of two consecutive meetings between the two fierce rivals.
Which game is the most important in 2013? Vote in our poll now.