Now that all Big Ten teams have played in their bowl games, we thought we would quickly go over a rather disappointing showing from the conference during the bowl season. The only victories came from Northwestern, Minnesota, and Wisconsin which put the Big Ten West coming in with the only 3 wins from the conference.
Quick Lane Bowl
Boston College 36
Maryland lets up 8 sacks as they couldn’t catch up to BC’s 29 first half points.
Washington State 12
Minnesota protested their way to victory as the program will be in murky water even after a victory.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Justin Jackson the ball carrier led the Cats to a surprising victory at Yankee Stadium.
Foster Farms Bowl
The Hoosiers were ran over and couldn’t pull out a victory late against the Utes.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Josh Dobbs destroys the Huskers defense in a shootout in Nashville
Capital One Orange Bowl
Florida State 33
Future NFL running back Delvin Cook runs over the Jabril Pepperless Michigan defense in a game that almost had a surprising comeback from the Wolverines.
Ohio State 0
OSU gets embarrassed by Deshaun Watson on defense and couldn’t score a point on a stifling defense from Clemson.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Western Michigan 16
Western Michigan couldn’t row fast enough as they couldn’t take care of the ball enough against the Badgers.
Iowa couldn’t move the ball at all against the Florida defense as transfer QB Appleby leads Florida to a solid bowl victory.
Penn State 49
The Trojans pull out with a late win as they hit a 50 yard field goal as time expired. Penn State lacked the same protection that the Trojans provided, as their stud quarterback Trace McSorley threw 3 interceptions while USC’s freshman Sam Darnold threw for 453 yards and 5 touchdowns and engineered their late finish.
The Big ten finished 3-7, which was disappointing given the strong regular season they had. Then again, if Michigan doesn’t lose Jabrill and Jake Butt, they definitely beat Florida St. , and Penn St. couldn’t hold on to a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter, which you would expect them to do 9/10 times. The real disappointment for the conference was seeing Ohio State get blown out by Clemson. That being said, the Buckeyes had one of the youngest teams in the FBS this year and expect them to be back and potentially better next year.
It is going to a fun offseason of recruiting, seeing how the rankings end up and seeing who declares for the draft but already looking forward to spring ball in a few months.