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The Big Ten soon will embark on a new bowl era following some big changes to its postseason structure. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart talked to Big Ten Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner about the conference’s new bowls and how the process for placing teams has changed.
The Spartan Rose Bowl champion football team was recognized at the No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State game last night. And, as you would suspect, the squad was met with a warm reception.
The dust has settled on another disappointing postseason for the Big Ten, which went 2-5 in bowl games. The lone victors: Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. Still, there were many noteworthy things. Here’s my Best of the Big Ten Bowls.
Big Ten bowl season is officially in the books as Ohio State closed out the conference postseason with a 40-35 loss to Clemson in Friday night’s Discover Orange Bowl. While it wasn’t a great showing for the Big Ten, going 2-5 in conference bowl games, there were still plenty of outstanding individual performances this year. Without further ado, here are my top-10 Big Ten bowl performances.
All season long, our BTN.com panel predicted every Big Ten football game. We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. With the Big Ten bowl season now complete, it’s time to crown the 2103 champion. That would be BTN.com’s Sean Merriman, who went 85-19, including a 4-3 bowl clip. Big Ten fans finished third, at 82-22. See the full season standings and bowl picks in this post.
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The Orange Bowl was billed as a battle of big-time quarterbacks, pitting Braxton Miller vs. Tajh Boyd. It certainly lived up to its billing as a shootout, as Clemson won a wild 40-35 contest that featured four lead changes and 1,003 combined yards. Miller finished with 269 total yards; Boyd had 497 in one of the best games of the postseason.
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Braxton Miller passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns, but Ohio State fell to Clemson 40-35 in the Discover Orange Bowl on Friday night. This marked Ohio State’s second straight loss- after having won each of its previous 24 under coach Urban Meyer, whose record in BCS games is now 4-1.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Does Michigan State’s Rose Bowl victory win make the Big Ten’s bowl season a success to date? Your choices: #BTNSUCCESS or #BTNNOTYET
LOS ANGELES — Can every fairy tail season truly have a memorable storybook ending? If you saw what transpired during the 100th annual Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday night in Pasadena Ca., you have to believe that is true.
Big Ten champs. And Rose Bowl champs. What a season for Michigan State, which held off Stanford, 24-20, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday night. In other Big Ten bowl action: Nebraska beat Georgia, while Iowa and Wisconsin lost to LSU and South Carolina, respectively. Catch up on all the stats, scores and top highlights in this post.
Michigan State arrived at its first Rose Bowl in 26 years as an underdog to Stanford. But the Spartans left as champs in a thoroughly dominating performance that left no doubt about Michigan State’s status as one of the nation’s top teams.
For the first time since the 1987 season, Michigan State is the Rose Bowl Game champion. The Spartans rallied and held off Pac-12 champ Stanford, 24-20, Wednesday night in “The Grandaddy of Them All.” See the Twitter reaction to the Spartans’ win in this post.
(AP) Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.
Here’s a stat that’s hard to believe: Wisconsin’s 34-24 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl marks the program’s sixth defeat in its last seven bowl games. The lone win during the streak was a 20-14 win over Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl. See my Capital One Bowl honors and grades in this post.
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Nebraska needed this 24-19 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. It doesn’t matter that this was an undermanned Bulldogs team. The Cornhuskers had to taste victory after closing the regular season with two losses in their last three games. And the season-ender vs. Iowa was ugly on many fronts.
Yes, Iowa lost, 21-14. But it’s no shame in falling to an uber-talented LSU team, which took the opening kickoff and went 79 yards on 12 plays—all runs—in taking a 7-0 lead en route to a 14-0 halftime edge. That set the tone in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated.
Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday.
Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl on Wednesday.
(AP) Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating an undisclosed Big Ten rule, the Buckeyes announced Wednesday.
So, the postseason hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start for the Big Ten. The league is 0-2, as Minnesota lost to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl and Michigan got drubbed by Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. But all is not lost. The Big Ten has five bowls left, offering plenty of opportunity for redemption and image rehabilitation.
In a matter of hours, Michigan State will kick off its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Naturally, the Spartans and their fans are just a bit excited about the trip, the opportunity, the game, and pretty much everything surrounding about “The Grandaddy of Them All.”
LOS ANGELES — The 100th Rose Bowl is fast approaching. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Stanford coach David Shaw addressed the media Monday morning at the LA Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Here are some news and notes from what the coaches said.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show “#BTNLive” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Monday’s airing of #BTNLive, our show host talk over this intriguing question: What is the most favorable bowl matchup remaining for the Big Ten? The choices: #BTNGator, #BTNOutback, #BTNCapOne, #BTNRose or #BTNOrange.
On Sunday night’s “BTN Football Report: Rose Bowl Preview,” Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith took a look ahead to the 100th Rose Bowl. Watch our interview with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio here and our talks with players Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Darqueze Dennard in this post.