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Big Ten Football Season in Review

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Big Ten Polling Place: With bowl season complete, five Big Ten schools received votes in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, including at least two top-10 teams for the fifth time in the last six seasons . . .

 

Coming Up Roses:  In the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State defeated No. 5 Stanford, 24-20, to improve to 4-1 all-time in Pasadena, the best winning percentage of any team to make more than two appearances . . .

 

Spartan Triple Play:  With a win in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State recorded a third straight bowl victory for the first time in school history . . .

 

Huskers Win Gator Bowl:  Nebraska defeated No. 22 Georgia, 24-19, in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl behind the longest pass play in school, conference and Gator Bowl history . . .

 

Playing the Best:  Big Ten schools faced five programs that appeared among the top 25 of the final BCS rankings in bowl games, with two wins and three losses decided by 10 points or less . . .

 

Lucky 13:  Michigan State ended the 2013 campaign with a victory in the 100th Rose Bowl Game and a 13-1 record, the most wins in school history. The Spartans are only the third Big Ten team to win 13 or more contests in a season . . .

 

Double-Digit Winners:  For just the second time in Big Ten history, two teams finished the year with 12 or more victories, with Michigan State posting a 13-1 record and Ohio State registering a 12-2 mark . . .

 

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 . . .

 

Big Ten Coaches and Players Earn National Honors:  Multiple Big Ten standouts were honored with national awards this season . . .

  • Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard (Jim Thorpe Award)
  • Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis (Burlsworth Trophy)
  • Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi (Broyles Award)
  • Penn State's John Urschel (William V. Campbell Trophy)
  • Iowa's James Morris, Michigan State's Max Bullough, Nebraska's Spencer Long and Penn State's John Urschel (National Scholar-Athlete Award)
  • Nebraska's C.J. Zimmerer and Northwestern's Jeff Budzien (AFCA Good Works Team)

 

Making a Name for Themselves:  At least 19 Big Ten performers earned All-America honors from various publications, including nine first-team honorees . . .

  • Michigan's Taylor Lewan
  • Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun
  • Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard
  • Michigan State's Mike Sadler
  • Northwestern's Jeff Budzien
  • Ohio State's Jack Mewhort
  • Ohio State's Ryan Shazier
  • Penn State's Allen Robinson
  • Wisconsin's Chris Borland

 

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 led all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences in Academic All-Americans for nine straight seasons . . .

  • Indiana's Mark Murphy
  • Iowa's James Morris
  • Michigan State's Max Bullough
  • Michigan State's Mike Sadler
  • Nebraska's Jake Long
  • Nebraska's Spencer Long
  • Nebraska's C.J. Zimmerer
  • Penn State's John Urschel

 

Record Attendance:  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.

 

Nation's Best Fans: Big Ten schools filled three of the top five spots in the NCAA rankings for average attendance while seven conference programs rated among the top 23 in the country overall . . .

 

Welcome to the Club:  The Big Ten will welcome one new head coach to the sidelines for the 2014 campaign in Penn State's James Franklin . . .

 

A New Big Ten:  The 2014 season will mark the beginning of a new era in Big Ten football, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, adjusted division alignments and a new bowl lineup . . .