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Connelly: Big Ten breakdown, game by game

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The numbers behind Ohio State's and the Big Ten's return (1:34)

Brad Edwards crunches the numbers on the top teams in the Big Ten ahead of their return to play. (1:34)

The 2020 college football season has been more Royal Rumble than Battle Royal. Instead of the season beginning with a deluge, we've welcomed teams to the party in batches -- among the Power 5 conferences, the Big 12 and ACC went first, followed by the SEC.

Now the Big Ten joins the fray for Week 8, and it will be followed by the Pac-12. From a rankings standpoint it's awfully hard to track -- how do you judge a 1-0 Ohio State against a 6-0 Clemson? But it's also be pretty fun. Fourteen more power-conference teams will make their season debuts over the course of seven games this weekend, so let's talk about the matchups.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Wednesday.

Illinois Fighting Illini at No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers (-19.5, 51.5), Friday, 8 p.m. ET

SP+ projection: Wisconsin by 23.5 (37.3-13.9)