It’s officially 2020. College football relinquishes attention to Big Ten basketball. Teams across the conference are closing out a light week of work to wrap up their holiday breaks, and now they meet face-to-face with the brutal grind of a Big Ten conference slate.
The Big Ten ends a well-represented postseason with a total of nine teams competing in bowl games. The league collectively finished with a final bowl game record of 4-5.
As we close out the month of December, there are a very few certain things about this conference. That being said, one thing we do know for sure is that the Big Ten has earned enough of a non-conference resume as a league to be a top two conference.
Northwestern, you blew it. Michigan State is the lone team at the top of the Big Ten with a 2-0 conference record. In the middle, you have 12 teams tied with a 1-1 record. At the bottom, the Big Ten Wildcats are a looking for their first conference victory. Their loss against Michigan State in Evanston was the first game lost by a home team in conference game all season.
Get ready for one of the most brutal 20-game gauntlets that we all recognize as Big Ten basketball. The conference started off with a volatile …
The Big Ten makes another case for being one of the deepest conferences in the nation after their first victory in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge since 2015. Big wins from teams like Purdue, Ohio State, and Indiana are going to be very important for the conference as a whole going into Selection Sunday.
It seems that every team in the country is vulnerable this season. Considering the home losses to unranked foes for Duke and Kentucky, Michigan State losing a second time this season, and Michigan’s absolute home run against North Carolina, the variability of the season will keep the season interesting from start to finish.
As we enter the final week of conference play, Ohio State has further cemented itself as the top team in the conference with a win over the visiting Nittany Lions, but only by 11 points, their lowest margin of victory on the season.
Teams in the Big Ten are finally starting to shake off the rust that they may have picked up in the offseason. At this point in the season, ball clubs are starting to get a feel for lineups and can begin building new concepts week over week.
With only two weeks of conference play remaining, the conference ranking is starting to take shape. Minnesota was the big story line this week as they were handed their first loss on the season.
November basketball has already moved the top dog down. Find out who has overtaken Michigan State’s number one spot in this week’s Big Ten power rankings.
As expected, the biggest movers for this week include Penn State and Minnesota after their thriller in Minneapolis that has bowl and playoff implications.
Welcome to the first week of college basketball. There is a notable drop off in talent this year, which gives teams like Indiana and Wisconsin a fighter’s chance because the conference is simply not as deep as it was a year ago. Check out our first edition of the Big Ten power rankings below.
With half of the conference on a bye week, see which teams were able to move up or down during this crucial point where bowl-eligibility and games are decided.
For the first time this season, all fourteen Big Ten teams took the field on a Saturday. Yet, only one game came down to the final possession; the rest had margins of at least ten points.
In one of the more exciting weeks in the Big Ten, we saw the biggest upset of the season with Wisconsin losing to a struggling Fighting Illini team, but little other major excitement in the results.
It is week eight of the college football season and that can only mean that the conference race is going to heat up for the Big Ten. In both divisions there are two teams sitting in a tie for the top spot through six games.
A lot more of the same in week seven’s stacking of the Big Ten.