Northwestern experienced one of the most bizarre descents in the nation, watching a 4-0 start melt into a 5-7 record and last-place finish in the Legends Division. The low-light was a numbing seven-game losing skid that followed the 4-0 start. The pain finally ended with a season-ending win at rival Illinois.
Happy Holidays! Chances are, you’ve heard the sentiment several times recently. But you probably haven’t heard it from Big Ten football players. We asked Big Ten stars, including Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis, at media day to send out their holiday wishes. Watch it and other Big Ten Holiday-themed videos in this post.
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Weird. No other word better describes this season. The campaign dawned amid great promise, as Nebraska was coming off a Legends Division title. Much of that same talent was back, fueling hopes for the program’s first league title since 1999. Alas, the defense often looked a lot like it did in 2012, getting gashed for big yards/points after the staff made myriad vows to “fix things.”
With the nonconference season almost behind us and the conference season just a week away, it’s a good time to consider the Big Ten’s most improved players. There’s plenty of players to choose from, that’s for sure.
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is a hot commodity, and he’ll remain that way as long as he stays at Penn State. Last year, NFL teams inquired about O’Brien following his remarkable job in leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season. Reports indicate there will be more NFL executives pursuing O’Brien this offseason. And the fact O’Brien recently had the NFL buyout in his contract lowered only fuels that notion.
The holidays can be a time for reflection, so over Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, BTN is airing our top 10 Big Ten football game from the past season. Five games air on Tuesday and the other five air on Wednesday. Over the past week BTN viewers and BTN.com readers voted for their favorite games, then we compiled the top 10 list.