Shock is the only word that can be used to describe the mood around Big 10 country following a five-on-five competition with schools from below the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year's Day.
In the year 2010, the proud old conference made enormous steps forward by expansion. This leads to the development of divisional rivalries, producing a conference championship game in the near future.
In other good news for the conference, The Big 10 produced three BCS Title contenders who ended the regular season in the national top 10 rankings.
Add to the mixture the outstanding individual players in the league with an increased emphasis on team speed, and one can see why followers in the Great Lakes region were champing at the bit to prove they were equal with football teams from any other area of the country.
But all the joy ended by the time the sun set on Pasadena, Calif., to end the first day of 2011.
The Big 10 slid back down the national respectability ladder after going zero-for-five against competition from the South.
How did it all happen?