NCAA – FBS (Division I-A Conferences) BIG 10
The NCAA football Big Ten Conference is a conference is the oldest division from the athletics conferences in the United States; funded in 1896. It was also known as the Western Conference and Big Nine Conference. It is composed by teams located in the Midwest of the country and they compete for the Football Bowl Subdivision also known as the Division I-A for the NCAA’s division I, the highest level of competition for college football.
As a Big Ten team fact, even though its name refers to ten it actually is formed by twelve schools and shortly they will have 14 when they formerly include the University of Maryland and Rutgers University.
The University of Illinois is the first member of the conference, founded in 1867 they are known as the Fighting Illini, and they play in many facilities including the Memorial Stadium.
On November 2007, Illinois defeated the No1 ranked Ohio State at the Ohio Stadium; it was the first time that Illinois defeated a No1 ranked team.
The Indiana University was founded in 1890 but they participate in the NCAA football division since the beginning. They are known as the Indiana Hoosiers and they play at the Memorial Stadium since 1960. They have won the Big ten Championship in two occasions in 1945 and 1967.
The Hoosiers have appeared in nine Bowl games, their current coach is Kevin Wilson.
The University of Iowa was established in 1847; it is represented by the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Division. They play their games at the Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has won 13 major conference championships. The Hawkeyes were a member of the Western Interstate University Football Association prior to joining the Western Conference, now known as the Big Ten Conference.
They have appeared in 26 Bowl games. Their odds to win the BCS championship are 1000/1.
Michigan Wolverines or the University of Michigan started their NCAA football appearances in 1879 but they joined the Big Ten Conference in 1896. They play at the Michigan Stadium since 1927. They have won 11 major Championships and as an interesting fact they have been undefeated in 12 different seasons. They have 42 Bowl appearances and 3 players that have won the Heisman Trophy.
Their current Big Ten Conference betting odds are 30/1 to win the championship.
Michigan State University was established in 1855. Also known as the Michigan State Spartans, they play since 1896. They play at the Spartan Stadium and their head coach is Mark Dantonio. They have won a total of 6 National Championships and 7 Big Ten Championships. They have appeared in 23 Bowl games.
As an interesting fact they have 24 former Spartans playing at the NFL. Their current odds to win the BCS championship are 100/1.
The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851 but started in the Big Ten Conference in 1896 since it was created. They are also known as the Golden Gophers, they play at the TCF Bank Stadium and their current head coach is Jerry Kill.
Minnesota has won a total of 7 National Championships and has 15 Bowl appearances. They also have 1 Heisman Trophy winner.
The University of Nebraska was established in 1869 and played since 1890. They are known as the Cornhuskers. As an additional Big Ten team fact they have the fourth record of all-time victories for any NCAA FBS team and are one of only eleven football programs in history to win 800 or more games.
They play at the Memorial Stadium; they have won 5 National Championships out of 43 Conference Championships and have appeared in 49 Bowl games. Their odds to win the BCS Championship are 40/1
Northwestern University was established in 1851 and is the only private university part of the Big Ten Conference since 1876. They are also known as the Wildcats, they play their home games at the Ryan Field since 1922
The Wildcats have won 8 Big Ten Championships and have appeared 11 times at a Bowl game. They have 9 consecutive losses in Bowl games with the longest losing streak along with Notre Dame. Their odds to win the BCS championship are 100/1.
The Ohio State University was funded in 1870, and has been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1890. Known as the Buckeyes, they play their home games at the Ohio Stadium since 1922. Ohio has a total of 7 National Championships with 10 undefeated season and 6 perfect seasons. They have 36 Conference Championships and have 43 Bowl appearances. Their current head coach is Urban Meyer who led them to a perfect 12-0 record, winning the 2012 Big Ten Leaders Division, though sanctions kept them out of 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game and postseason bowl games.
Ohio State is one of the favorite teams to win the BCS championships with odds of 6/1.
Pennsylvania State University was established in 1855, their first season was in 1888. They are also known as the Nittany Lions and play their home games at the Beaver Stadium. They were an independent team, but in 1990 they became part of the Big Ten Conference.
Joe Paterno was Penn State head coach for 46 seasons until a scandal for child sex abuse came to light. Penn State was finned with $60 million, and no appearances in Bowl Games for 4 years. In addition they took away Paterno’s 111 wins between 1998–2011.
Penn State has won 2 National Championships and 37 Bowl appearances and 1 Heisman Trophy winner.
The University of Purdue was funded in 1869, their first season was in 1887, they are known as the Boilermakers and play their home games at the Ross-Ade Stadium since 1924. Their current head coach is Darrell Hazell. They have won 12 Conference Championships and has 17 Bowl appearances.
As an interesting fact Purdue has produced a total of 184 NFL draft selections.
The University of Wisconsin was established in 1848, but started their first season since the Big Ten Conference was formed in 1896. They are also known as the Wisconsin Badgers and they play their home games at the Camp Randall Stadium. Their current head coach is Gary Andersen.
They have 14 Conference Championships, 24 Bowl game appearances and 2 Heisman Trophy winners. Wisconsin’s odds to win the BCS Championship are 100/1.
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