I've been pretty consistent over the past 2 years the 2011 was our year. I still see us playing for the Big Ten Championship. ESPN Insider has a little article about returning starters. It's an Insider so some might not be able to see it. I'll just clip the last paragraph for you.
While the Boston College Eagles also fit our criteria, perhaps the best test case of the returning starter theory will take place in the Big Ten Legends Division. The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines bring back 16 and 18 starters, respectively, as well as their quarterbacks and starters at the offensive tackle, free safety and cornerback positions. Yet both squads are picked to tie for fourth in the division, while Michigan State and Nebraska are considered the favorites.
Clearly, more goes into a team's success than pure returning starters numbers, but both the Wildcats and Wolverines meet the profile of teams that could see their win totals jump by a significant margin.