Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, January 20, 2015's Bill Connelly recently ranked the top 100 college football games of 2014, and 18 contests featuring the Big Ten made the list.

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Michigan State's memorable 42-41 comeback vs. Baylor in the Cotton Bowl comes in at No. 2 to pace the Big Ten. The only game ahead of the Cotton Bowl is another Baylor shootout, this time its 61-58 comeback win vs. TCU.

Ohio State's 42-35 win over then-No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl takes the No. 4 spot to give the Big Ten two top 5 games.

See the full Big Ten list below.

2. Michigan State 42, Baylor 41 – Cotton Bowl
(AP) Connor Cook and the Michigan State Spartans want to have a different role in the playoff talk next season. With their big comeback finish in the Cotton Bowl, the No. 7 Spartans could be set up as a viable championship contender next season, after their only losses this season were to playoff teams

4. Ohio State 42, Alabama 35 – Sugar Bowl
(AP) Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game. He started to bolt from his chair, feigning a sense of urgency with another game left against a team that wiped out the defending national champion.

16. Rutgers 41, Maryland 38
(AP) Ralph Friedgen had just helped orchestrate the biggest comeback victory in Rutgers history, and the last thing he wanted to do was talk about himself or his strange return to Maryland.

20. Wisconsin 34, Auburn 31 (OT) – Outback Bowl
(AP) Wisconsin hoisted Barry Alvarez into the air for one more victory ride. The school's career victory leader called it quits – again – after the 17th-ranked Badgers took down No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl on Thursday.

28. Ohio State 31, Penn State 24 (2OT)
(AP) Joey Bosa's Ohio State's teammates had to tell the defensive tackle that he'd just finished off Penn State with a sack in the second overtime. The sack on a fourth-and-5 play gave the No. 13 Buckeyes a 31-24 victory Saturday night.

49. USC 45, Nebraska 42 – Holiday Bowl
(AP) It wasn't until Nelson Agholor knocked down a desperation pass by Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. inside the 10 that Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian could exhale and celebrate.

50. Nebraska 37, Iowa 34
(AP) Nebraska found itself down 17 points and staring at a devastating third straight loss. Tommy Armstrong Jr. led the Huskers on one of the best comebacks in school history – and took some heat off of embattled coach Bo Pelini.

51. Minnesota 28, Nebraska 24
(AP) Jerry Kill's building project at Minnesota has taken another huge step. Down by double digits in the third quarter, and with star running back David Cobb on the sideline injured, the Gophers stunned No. 21 Nebraska 28-24 on Saturday to keep alive their hopes in the Big Ten West.

52. Penn State 31, Boston College 30 (OT) – Pinstripe Bowl
(AP) Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

55. Northwestern 43, Notre Dame 40 (OT)
(AP) Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald already knew what it felt like to beat Notre Dame. That's because he did it as a linebacker in 1995, in a game the Chicago Sun Times described as "The Upset of the Century." He thinks he likes this win more.

61. Rutgers 41, Washington State 38
(AP) Paul James ran for 173 yards and scored his third touchdown with 3:24 left to give Rutgers a wild 41-38 victory over Washington State on Thursday night in the Scarlet Knights' first game as a member of the Big Ten.

69. Oregon 46, Michigan State 27
(AP) Trailing Michigan State 27-18 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-10, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota found himself confronting a decision while on the run: Either pitch the ball to freshman Royce Freeman, or try a keeper.

70. Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37
(AP) Now it's Ohio State's turn to lobby for a berth in the college football playoff – a thought that seemed pretty far-fetched when the Buckeyes lost their quarterback and struggled through the first couple weeks of the season.

83. Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24
(AP) Unaware he was close to setting a record, Melvin Gordon took the handoff and did what he does best. Wisconsin's star running back burst through the hole, made a cut and high-stepped into the end zone, capping a memorable evening with an NCAA milestone.

87. Bowling Green 45, Indiana 42
(AP) Bowling Green's James Knapke threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with 9 seconds to play as the Falcons knocked off Indiana, 45-42 Saturday.

88. Indiana 31, Missouri 27
(AP) After losing at Bowling Green last week, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson wanted his team to "play with our hair on fire" against Missouri on Saturday. Whatever message Wilson was trying to send, the Hoosiers got it.

91. Ohio State 42, Michigan 28
(AP) Raw emotion was everywhere: Joy for a win, concern over an injury, shock for a missing player. The thrill of beating rival Michigan 42-28 on Saturday was tempered for No. 7 Ohio State by star quarterback J.T. Barrett's broken ankle and the disappearance of teammate Kosta Karageorge.

98. Virginia Tech 35, Ohio State 21
(AP) Urban Meyer knows that if things don't get better soon his Ohio State Buckeyes might just face more defeats down the road like the one they were handed in front of the biggest home crowd ever.

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Glaring omission: Ohio State's 42-20 win over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game. It was historic, it was closer than the final score, and it was the most important game of the season.

Too high: Rutgers' 41-38 win over Washington State. This was an entertaining game, one that featured 79 points, but it was the season opener for both teams, neither of which was a factor in its respective divisions.

Too low: Indiana's 31-27 win at Missouri. The Big Ten East's worst team beating Missouri, the reigning SEC East champion and eventual repeat champ, on its home field just one week after losing to Bowling Green? Yeah, this should be much higher, and it would be if it was a bigger program than Indiana carding the upset.