Big Ten Football: Top 10 Heisman candidates

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) runs with the ball against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Football is almost back. Just a handful of days until we get to see our favorite Big Ten football players take the field and put on a show. If you have season tickets, you know just how rowdy Spartan Stadium can get on game days and how great the atmosphere will be on Sept. 12 for the Oregon game.

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Michigan State is in for a great year and as an alumnus, I can think of no more excitement-worthy and anticipated campaign that this 2015 one.

During my four years as a student, I saw Mark Dantonio’s Spartans become a well-oiled machine while guys like Devin Thomas, Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Le’Veon Bell and countless others dominated on Saturdays.

Not all of those guys were good enough to be considered Heisman candidates, though. Cousins was never on a powerful enough team to help him win the Heisman, Bell was the same way even though he had numbers worthy of consideration while the other two were already at a disadvantage being receivers.

The upcoming college football season will definitely involve some top-tier Big Ten talent being considered for the Heisman Trophy. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook may be the best candidate in school history to contend for the prestigious award.

Who are some other Big Ten candidate who might just contend for the Heisman? The conference hasn’t had a winner since Ohio State‘s Troy Smith took home the hardware in 2006 before leading an unsuccessful pro career because he was ‘undersized.’

Let’s take a look at the conference’s 10 best candidates to win the coveted trophy for the first time since 2006.

Hint: There’s an abundance of Buckeyes — unfortunately.

Next: 10. Joey Bosa, Ohio State