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B1G MOMENTS IN ROSE BOWL HISTORY: The Tournament of Roses celebrates the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, featuring Michigan State against Stanford. Rose Bowl Stadium will also serve as the site of the final installment of the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Jan. 6.

 

BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT: This year, the conference is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference's most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." In the 99 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction, which includes nearly 350 football players . . .

 

Seven Going Bowling:  The 2013-14 bowl season will feature seven Big Ten programs, marking the 15th straight season that six or more squads will take part in postseason play . . .

 

Two in the BCS:  In the final installment of the BCS, the conference will send a pair of programs to one of the series' five contests this season. The Big Ten has officially sent two teams to BCS contests 11 times in the 16-year history of the series, including nine of the last 12 seasons . . .

 

BCS Depth:  With Michigan State's berth in the Rose Bowl Game, nine current Big Ten schools qualified to play in BCS bowl contests during the 16-year history of the event . . . 

 

Previous Bowl Meetings:  Four of the conference's seven bowl matchups this postseason will pit teams that have squared off in previous bowl contests . . .

 

Historic Appearance:  Nebraska will join elite company when it kicks off at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Georgia on Jan. 1. The Huskers will be making their 50th bowl appearance, making them just the third team in NCAA history to have played in 50 postseason contests . . .

 

Bowl Opposition:  Big Ten teams will once again take on one of the nation's toughest bowl lineups this postseason, facing five programs that appear among the top 25 of the final BCS rankings, including four among the top 16 . . .

 

Spartan Legend:  For the second time in four seasons, Michigan State was crowned Big Ten Champion following its victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Spartans earned a share of the conference title in 2010 before winning the 2013 championship, securing the program's eighth Big Ten crown . . .

 

Piling Up Victories:  With Michigan State's triumph in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Big Ten has two teams that will carry 12 victories into the bowl season. Michigan State and Ohio State enter the postseason with matching 12-1 records, marking just the second time in conference history two Big Ten teams have finished the year with at least 12 victories . . .

 

National Award Winners:  Two Big Ten players and one coach took home national individual honors following the conclusion of the regular season . . .

 

Urschel Wins Campbell Trophy:  Penn State standout John Urschel was named the recipient of the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy . . . The William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is presented to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete . . .

 

Setting Attendance Records:  The Big Ten established a new conference record for total attendance among all games and conference games only this season . . . In addition, the attendance of 66,002 at the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game established a new Big Ten record.

 

All-America Accolades:  At least 19 conference standouts were named to various All-America squads, including nine that earned first-team distinction . . .

 

Head of the Class:  The Big Ten led all conferences with eight student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-America first or second teams. The Big Ten has now led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in Academic All-Americans for nine straight seasons, with 72 honorees over that time span . . .