2007 Big Ten Conference football season

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2007 Big Ten Conference football season
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League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration August, 2007
through January, 2008
Number of teams 11
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2
2008 NFL Draft
Top draft pick Jake Long (Michigan)
Picked by Miami Dolphins, first round (1st overall)
Regular Season
Season Champions Ohio State
Season MVP Rashard Mendenhall (Offensive) and James Laurinaitis (Defensive)
Football seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/4 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#18/19 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
#20/18 Illinois   6 2         9 4  
#24/21 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
#NR/25 Penn State   0* 4         0* 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2007 season was the Big Ten Conference's 112th overall. For the second straight year, Ohio State won the conference title and advanced to the national championship game.

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Game Big Ten Team Opp. Team Score
Dec. 26, 2007 Motor City Bowl Purdue Central Michigan 51-48
Dec. 28, 2007 Champs Sports Bowl Michigan State Boston College 21-24
Dec. 29, 2007 Alamo Bowl Penn State Texas A&M 24-17
Dec. 31, 2007 Insight Bowl Indiana Oklahoma State 33-49
Jan. 1, 2008 Outback Bowl Wisconsin Tennessee 17-21
Jan. 1, 2008 Capital One Bowl Michigan Florida 41-35
Jan. 1, 2008 Rose Bowl Illinois USC 17-49
Jan. 7, 2008 BCS National Championship Ohio State LSU 24-38

All-Big Ten selections[edit]

Offense[edit]

Pos. First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
QB Chad Henne Michigan Kellen Lewis Indiana
RB Rashard Mendenhall Illinois Mike Hart Michigan
RB Chris Wells Ohio State Javon Ringer Michigan State
WR James Hardy Indiana Devin Thomas Michigan State
WR Mario Manningham Michigan Dorien Bryant Purdue
C A. Q. Shipley Penn State Ryan McDonald Illinois
G Martin O'Donnell Illinois Rich Ohrnberger Penn State
G Adam Kraus Michigan Kraig Urbik Wisconsin
T Jake Long Michigan Xavier Fulton Illinois
T Kirk Barton Ohio State Alex Boone Ohio State
TE Travis Beckum Wisconsin Dustin Keller Purdue
K Taylor Mehlhaff Wisconsin Austin Starr Indiana
Pos. First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
DL Greg Middleton Indiana Terrance Taylor Michigan
DL Mitch King Iowa Jonal Saint-Dic Michigan State
DL Vernon Gholston Ohio State Cliff Avril Purdue
DL Maurice Evans Penn State Matt Shaughnessy Wisconsin
LB Jeremy Leman Illinois Shawn Crable Michigan
LB James Laurinaitis Ohio State Marcus Freeman Ohio State
LB Dan Connor Penn State Sean Lee Penn State
DB Vontae Davis Illinois Tracy Porter Indiana
DB Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State Charles Godfrey Iowa
DB Justin King Penn State Jamar Adams Michigan
DB Jack Ikegwuonu Wisconsin Dominique Barber Minnesota
P Jeremy Boone Penn State Ken DeBauche Wisconsin

Statistical leaders[edit]

Passing
Player School COMP ATT YDS TD INT
Curtis Painter Purdue 356 569 3846 29 11
C.J. Bacher Northwestern 318 521 3656 19 19
Kellen Lewis Indiana 265 442 3043 28 10


Rushing
Player School ATT YDS YPC TD
Rashard Mendenhall Illinois 262 1681 6.4 17
Chris Wells Ohio State 274 1609 5.9 15
Javon Ringer Michigan State 245 1447 5.9 6
Mike Hart Michigan 265 1361 5.1 14
Rodney Kinlaw Penn State 243 1329 5.5 10


Receiving
Player School REC YDS YPR TD
Devin Thomas Michigan State 79 1260 15.9 8
Mario Manningham Michigan 72 1174 16.3 12
James Hardy Indiana 79 1125 14.2 16
Travis Beckum Wisconsin 75 982 13.1 6


Tackles
Player School SOLO AST TOTAL
Dan Connor Penn State 69 76 145
Sean Lee Penn State 54 84 138
J Leman Illinois 71 61 132
Adam Kadela Northwestern 53 72 125


Sacks
Player School SACKS
Greg Middleton Indiana 16.0
Vernon Gholston Ohio State 14.0
Maurice Evans Penn State 12.5


Interceptions
Player School INT
Shane Carter Wisconsin 7
Tracy Porter Indiana 6

Awards[edit]

Bednarik Award

Butkus Award

Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award

Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award

Broyles Award