Big Ten Football: 10 Things We Learned from 2013-14 Bowl Season

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Big Ten Football: 10 Things We Learned from 2013-14 Bowl Season
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Bowl season and the Big Ten: It's a match made in...well, how to put this delicately...how about a match made in purgatory? 

Yes, that's it—after all, fans of schools in the Big Ten annually get their hopes up, only to see their teams lose close game to good competition. 

The 2013-14 bowl season was no different, with the Big Ten going 2-5 in the postseason and leaving many fans wondering "what if" once again.

If there was a silver lining, at least both of the Big Ten's wins came on New Year's Day in games where Nebraska and Michigan State were underdogs. 

Meanwhile, we also are reminded about the debacles that were Michigan and Minnesota. 

This year was more of the same for Big Ten fans. That familiar empty feeling of coming close and yet being so far away is getting old. 

Bowl season provided plenty of lessons over the course of seven games, so let's explore what we learned about the B1G from its bowl games. 

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