Big Ten Football: 5 Things We Still Can't Believe Actually Happened

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Big Ten Football: 5 Things We Still Can't Believe Actually Happened
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If you haven't read Andy Staples' re-imagining of the college football landscape over the last eight years, please do so immediately; it's a piece that wonders what would have happened if QB Chris Leak had gained one more yard against LSU on a critical third down in a Florida-LSU showdown back in 2004.

The next eight years unfold wildly differently, right down to the conference and postseason landscapes, and it's a great read to boot. We won't spoil it all for you, but keep a look out for a brilliantly re-appropriated Jim Delany quote.

At any rate, everything proceeds quite logically. Too logically, in fact. College football is, if nothing else, a game where lunacy may not exactly reign (it's not like Arkansas State is making a magical title run now or ever), but it's lurking around every bend, waiting for its chance to strike and do something like send Illinois to the Rose Bowl.

So with that in mind, here are five things that actually happened in the Big Ten over those last eight years that utterly defy realism, the things that make college football what it is at its core: utterly unpredictable.

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