The Big Ten All-Decade Football Rankings

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The Big Ten All-Decade Football Rankings

With National Signing Day right around the corner and spring football knocking on the door, it's time to look back on the first decade of Big Ten football in the 21st Century.

The Big Ten saw its share of ups and downs throughout the decade, capturing a national championship and a Heisman Trophy winner but compiling a 28-39 combined bowl record.

Many former Big Ten players are now starring on Sundays in the National Football League, and this postseason we saw more Big Ten players represented on NFL rosters than any other conference.

A stable of young coaches hit the scene last decade, while one mainstay showed he still has it, even into his 80s.

A new stadium opened, and an iconic stadium underwent massive renovations.

Conference expansion talk started up again, then was squashed, and started up again once more.

There were tragedies and broken records. There was a so-called "Game of the Century" and an "Upset of the Century".

So now we find ourselves in 2010. College football's all-time winningest program hopes to get back to winning, while its chief rival aims to continue its almost decade-long domination. The nation's longest tenured coach figures to be replaced sometime this decade, and the Big Ten's newest coach hopes to keep his job past this season.

2010 figures to kick off a thrilling decade in the Big Ten, but before we get there, let's look back and enjoy the decade that was.

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