by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Big Ten appears to be winning the pre-season campaign for the mostly-meaningless title of “best conference” this season. They are expected to have a strong upper tier and even in terms of overall conference strength, the Big Ten may reign supreme. The conference figures to have a weak back end, but the perennial champ in this department - the ACC - isn’t going to have as much junk in its trunk as it did last season.
An additional component to this argument is that the Big Ten retains more talent from last season than any other conference in the country, or at least it should be part of the argument, because that is what the cold, hard data tells us.
Note: The figures below are given in terms of returning offense and defense (vice returning minutes). More details after the data.
RetO RetD Avg Big Ten…