The Big Ten is a mess.

And that’s a good thing, even as the situation for some teams in the league has gotten, well, messy: Rutgers and Maryland haven’t won since September, Northwestern is struggling with inexperience, Indiana has flopped against a brutal conference schedule and Nebraska keeps on being Nebraska.

The messiness at the bottom of the conference has nothing on what’s happening among a logjam of College Football Playoff contenders at the top. The Big Ten is the only Power Five league with two unbeaten teams and one of two conferences, along with the SEC, with four teams with fewer than two losses. While the race in the SEC has coalesced around Georgia and Alabama, the chase for the Big Ten championship could unfold in more than

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