Michigan can polish B10 image with upset of 'Bama
Michigan and Michigan State are giving the Big Ten a couple of early chances to burnish its national reputation.
The conference’s image has taken a beating in some quarters, and not just because of the child-sex scandal at Penn State or the NCAA penalties at Ohio State.
There is the perceived gap between the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference, a gap many think is growing wider each season. That, of course, is not a problem exclusive to the Big Ten. But the tension is palpable in a conference that once boasted of being the best in the land.
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