The Big Ten had an opportunity to make a statement in this year’s 2010 Bowl-o-Rama, as it sent its eight best teams into the fray touted as, perhaps, the second best conference behind the SEC.
Instead, most Big Ten Conference teams stuttered, dropped their lines and fell off the stage.
The Big Ten failed to accomplish what they wished, to put it mildly.
2010 bowl season got under way with Iowa and Illinois leading the way, playing Big 12 teams Missouri and Baylor respectively.
When both Iowa and Illinois scored wins, it looked like it might be another stellar year for the Big Ten Conference.
But on New Year’s Day, with five teams playing, the Big Ten was blanked, losing to one Big 12 team, three SEC teams and one Mountain West team.
The final game, on January 4, was the Sugar Bowl featuring Ohio State and Arkansas, the last of the SEC opponents. Thankfully, Ohio State also brought home a hard-fought victory.
In all the Big Ten went 3-5 in the 2010 bowl season.
Last year the Big Ten managed a winning record, 4-3, in bowl game appearances, as Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin won their contests with Iowa and Ohio State in BCS bowls. Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota came close but no cigars.
All in all, 2009 was a great bowl year for the Big Ten.
Great when you consider that after the 2008 football season the Big Ten went 1-6, with only Iowa winning that year over SEC opponent South Carolina.
Following the 2007 football campaign, the Big Ten compiled a 3-5 record.
In the past four years the Big Ten has skidded to an 11-19 record. This while the SEC continues to rack up winning bowl seasons.
Cornhuskers, get ready to chew up that SEC turf.