We're one day closer to 2017, and today it's time to take a look at the top 10 individual seasons of 2016. See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's full list inside.
No team entered the bowl season amid the tumult that enveloped Minnesota, which had to diffuse a player boycott that threatened its participation in this game. Things got smoothed out, and the Golden Gophers proceeded to post a 17-12 upset of Washington State to finish 9-4.
Maryland got back in the bowl business in its first year under DJ Durkin, the former Michigan defensive coordinator. Alas, the Terrapins couldn’t finish with a win, falling 36-30 to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl.
When 2016 dawned, myriad questions loomed over Wisconsin. Who would be the quarterback? What would the departure of defensive coordinator Dava Aranda to LSU mean? Would the offensive line be better? Well, the Badgers answered all of those questions.
Chris Ash’s debut season was filled with rough patches, beginning with a season-opening 48-13 loss at Washington. But, hey, the guy has the job for a reason. Rutgers needs to be fixed. And Ash is trying to clean up the mess left by the previous staff.
It was yet another empty season in West Lafayette for a Purdue program that may be at its nadir. The record books will show the Boilermakers had a losing record for a fifth season in a row and the eighth time in the last nine years.
Looking for the surprise team in the Big Ten in 2016? Look no further. The Nittany Lions came out of nowhere to win the Big Ten in James Franklin’s third season in State College.
The Buckeyes' performance this season was good enough to get Ohio State into the playoff and compete for the national title, which it won in 2014.
Year 1 of the Mike Riley era was bumpy, as the Cornhuskers went 6-7. But Year 2 was a success, as Nebraska has rebounded to go 9-3 and tie for second in the Big Ten West.
This was a challenging season for Michigan State, which experienced a swift fall from grace in 2016. The Spartans fell from their perch as Big Ten champ and playoff participant in 2015 to a 3-9 mark this season that included a stupefying seven-game losing streak