2008 Big Ten Conference football season

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2008 Big Ten Conference football season
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League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September, 2008
through January, 2009
Number of teams 11
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network
2009 NFL Draft
Top draft pick Aaron Maybin
Picked by Buffalo Bills, first round (11th overall)
Regular Season
Co-Champions

Penn State

Ohio State
Runners-up Michigan State
Season MVP Shonn Greene
Football seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8/8 Penn State §   0* 1         0* 2  
#9/11 Ohio State §   7 1         10 3  
#24/24 Michigan State   6 2         9 4  
Northwestern   5 3         9 4  
#20/20 Iowa   5 3         9 4  
Wisconsin   3 5         7 6  
Minnesota   3 5         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Penn State (11-2, 7-1) vacated due to scandal.
    Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 2008 Big Ten Conference football season is the 113th season for the Big Ten.

Preseason[edit]

Ohio State was selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference with Wisconsin and Illinois second and third, respectively by the Media. Ohio State running back Chris Wells was chosen as the Preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the year while fellow Buckeye linebacker James Laurinaitis was named the Preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the year.

Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller will enter his final season, while Michigan's Rich Rodriguez will begin his first in Ann Arbor.

In a given year, each Big Ten team will play eight of the other Big Ten teams. Thus for any given team in a given year, there are two others which will not be competed against. Below is the breakdown of "no-plays" for 2008:

Team—Does not play

  • Illinois—Michigan State, Purdue
  • Indiana—Michigan, Ohio State
  • Iowa—Michigan, Ohio State
  • Michigan—Indiana, Iowa
  • Michigan State—Illinois, Minnesota
  • Minnesota—Michigan State, Penn State
  • Northwestern—Penn State, Wisconsin
  • Ohio State—Indiana, Iowa
  • Penn State—Minnesota, Northwestern
  • Purdue—Illinois, Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin—Northwestern, Purdue

Standings[edit]

Team Conference Overall Rank
Wins Losses Wins Losses AP Coaches
Penn State 7 1 11 2 8 8
Ohio State 7 1 10 3 9 11
Michigan State 6 2 9 4 24 24
Northwestern 5 3 9 4 RV RV
Iowa 5 3 9 4 20 20
Wisconsin 3 5 7 6
Minnesota 3 5 7 6
Illinois 3 5 5 7
Purdue 2 6 4 8
Michigan 2 6 3 9
Indiana 1 7 3 9

Rankings[edit]

AP Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
Illinois 20 24T 24 22 22
Indiana
Iowa 20
Michigan 24
Michigan State 23 20 22 18 18 17 22 21 19 24
Minnesota 25 20
Northwestern 24 24 22
Ohio State 2 (21) 3 (15) 5 (1) 13 14 14 12 12 10 13 12 10 10 10 10 10 9
Penn State 22 19 17 16 12 6 6 3 3 3 3 (6) 7 7 6 6 6 8
Purdue
Wisconsin 13 11 10 8 9 18

Schedule[edit]

  • August 30:

Akron @ Wisconsin
Coastal Carolina @ Penn State
Maine @ Iowa
Syracuse @ Northwestern
Western Kentucky @ Indiana
Youngstown State @ Ohio State
Utah @ Michigan
Northern Illinois @ Minnesota
Michigan State @ California
Illinois @ Missouri

  • September 6:

Eastern Illinois @ Illinois
Eastern Michigan @ Michigan State
Marshall @ Wisconsin
Miami (Ohio) @ Michigan
Northern Colorado @ Purdue
Ohio @ Ohio State
Florida International @ Iowa
Oregon State @ Penn State
Murray State @ Indiana
Northwestern @ Duke
Minnesota @ Bowling Green

  • September 13:

Florida Atlantic @ Michigan State
Louisiana @ Illinois
Montana State @ Minnesota
Southern Illinois @ Northwestern
Iowa State @ Iowa
Oregon @ Purdue
Penn State @ Syracuse
Michigan @ Notre Dame
Ohio State @ Southern California
Wisconsin @ Fresno State

  • September 20:

Central Michigan @ Purdue
Florida Atlantic @ Minnesota
Iowa @ Pittsburgh
Ohio @ Northwestern
Temple @ Penn State
Troy @ Ohio State
Notre Dame @ Michigan State
Ball State @ Indiana

  • September 27:

Michigan State @ Indiana
Minnesota @ Ohio State
Northwestern @ Iowa
Purdue @ Notre Dame
Wisconsin @ Michigan
Illinois @ Penn State

  • October 4:

Indiana @ Minnesota
Iowa @ Michigan State
Penn State @ Purdue
Illinois @ Michigan
Ohio State @ Wisconsin

  • October 11:

Iowa @ Indiana
Minnesota @ Illinois
Toledo @ Michigan
Michigan State @ Northwestern
Purdue @ Ohio State
Penn State @ Wisconsin

  • October 18:

Purdue @ Northwestern
Wisconsin @ Iowa
Ohio State @ Michigan State
Michigan @ Penn State
Indiana @ Illinois

  • October 25:

Illinois @ Wisconsin
Minnesota @ Purdue
Northwestern @ Indiana
Penn State @ Ohio State
Michigan State @ Michigan

  • November 1:

Northwestern @ Minnesota
Central Michigan @ Indiana
Iowa @ Illinois
Michigan @ Purdue
Wisconsin @ Michigan State

  • November 8:

Illinois @ Western Michigan
Michigan @ Minnesota
Ohio State @ Northwestern
Penn State @ Iowa
Purdue @ Michigan State
Wisconsin @ Indiana

  • November 15:

Indiana @ Penn State
Minnesota @ Wisconsin
Northwestern @ Michigan
Ohio State @ Illinois
Purdue @ Iowa

  • November 22:

Iowa @ Minnesota
California Polytechnic State @ Wisconsin
Illinois @ Northwestern
Indiana @ Purdue
Michigan @ Ohio State
Michigan State @ Penn State

Key matchups[edit]

Date Visitor Home Significance
August 30 Michigan State 31 California 38 In the first matchup between these two teams since 2002, the Cal Bears handed the Spartans their 8th consecutive loss by seven points or less.[1]
August 30 Utah 25 Michigan 23 In Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez's first game for the Wolverines, the Utes beat Michigan to sustain their position as the non-BCS team with the most victories against BCS teams (14).[2]
August 30 Illinois 42 Missouri 52 This is the first time that both teams were ranked when they went against each other. Missouri's win over the Fighting Illini drops Illinois's record to 7–15 in the Arch Rivalry. The Tigers have also won the past four games against Illinois. [3]
August 30 Syracuse 10 Northwestern 30 Northwestern's win over Syracuse is the first non-conference BCS win since 2004. The Wildcats also won their fourth-straight season opening game.[4]
September 6 Oregon State 14 Penn State 45 The Nittany Lions improved their all-time record against Pac-10 teams to 23-11. This also marks Penn State's tenth consecutive win against a non-conference team and seventh against a Pac-10 team at home. With the loss, it dropped Oregon State's record against the Big Ten to 0–2. [5]
September 6 Northwestern 24 Duke 20 In the only Big Ten-ACC season matchup in the 2008 season, Northwestern avenged a 2007 home loss that snapped Duke's 22-game losing streak. This also improved the Wildcats' record in Durham to 5-3.[6]
September 13 Michigan 17 Notre Dame 35 In a rainy matchup between the two winningest programs in the FBS, the Irish forced six turnovers to avenge two blowout losses by Michigan the last 2 seasons.[7]
September 13 Penn State 55 Syracuse 13 The first game since 1990 between these two teams was dominated by the Nittany Lions. Penn State outgained Syracuse 560-169 and allowed only eight first downs in the entire game. [8]
September 13 Iowa State 5 Iowa 17 In this annual matchup for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, the Iowa defense held the Cyclones to only 3 points despite Iowa State's offense being within the Hawkeye 30-yard line six times. With the win, Iowa has won the trophy 21 times over Iowa State's 11. [9]
September 13 Oregon 32 Purdue 26 This Big Ten-Pac-10 game played in West Lafayette, Indiana, #16 Oregon needed two overtimes to put upset-minded Purdue away. Purdue also snapped a 13-game home win streak in August/September and with Oregon's win, the Boilermakers lost 15 straight games vs. ranked opponents, with its last win vs. Iowa in 2003. [10]
September 13 Ohio State 3 USC 35 These teams that have combined for three BCS championships and five BCS National Championship game appearances saw USC dominate the Buckeyes in the Coliseum by holding Ohio State to only 3 points. The Buckeyes had a streak of 141 consecutive games scoring at least one touchdown snapped. The last time Ohio State was kept out of the end zone was against Michigan November 23, 1996 in a 13-9 loss. [11]
September 20 Notre Dame 7 Michigan State 23 Playing for the Megaphone Trophy, neither of these teams had won at home since 2001. This year proved different as MSU defeated Notre Dame in East Lansing. The Spartans were led by Javon Ringer's 201 yards on the ground in the win against the Irish. [12]
September 20 Iowa 20 Pitt 21 In this Big Ten-Big East matchup is the first game between these teams since 1952, the Hawkeyes had more total yards than the Panthers (361-259), but went home with a loss after not allowing a touchdown in the first three games of the 2008 season. [13]
September 27 Michigan State 42 Indiana 29 In the Big Ten conference opener for both teams, the Old Brass Spittoon remained in East Lansing after Michigan State Running Back Javon Ringer, who had rushed for 200 yards in two straight games, ran just 2 yards shy of making a third straight 200 yard game. [14]
September 27 Purdue 21 Notre Dame 38 In the only nonconference matchup of the week, the Shillelagh Trophy was returned to South Bend after the Irish avenged a 2007 loss in Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue has also lost 15 of its last 16 games at Notre Dame Stadium dating back to 1976. [15]
October 18 Michigan 17 Penn State 46 The Nittany Lions received their first win against the Wolverines since 1996 and avenged a nine game losing streak to Michigan. [16]
October 18 Wisconsin 16 Iowa 38 In another Big Ten traveling trophy game, the Hawkeyes returned the Heartland Trophy to Iowa City, Iowa after a two-year losing streak against the Badgers. Wisconsin also dropped to 0-4 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1996 season. [17]
October 25 Michigan State 35 Michigan 21 This intrastate rivalry intensified in the 2007 season when Wolverine player Mike Hart dubbed the Spartans as Michigan's little brother. The Spartans returned the Paul Bunyan Trophy to East Lansing which was in the Wolverines' possession since 2002. It also marked the first time Michigan State won in Michigan Stadium since 1990. [18]
October 25 Penn State 13 Ohio State 6 This rivalry matchup was again the featured point of College Gameday of the week for the 4th straight year. In front of an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 105,711, the Nittany Lions won their first game in Columbus since 1978. With Penn State's win, the all time series is tied at 12-12. Ohio State dropped only its third Big Ten game since the 2005 season. [19]
November 8 Michigan 29 Minnesota 6 The second oldest traveling trophy in the nation was up for grabs in this matchup between the Golden Gophers and Wolverines. The Little Brown Jug was won again by Michigan for the past nineteen of the last twenty times. Michigan also won its 12th straight win in the Metrodome and stopped a five game losing streak. [20]
November 15 Minnesota 32 Wisconsin 35 The oldest matchup in the FBS saw Minnesota with a two-touchdown lead at halftime in Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin, however, capped a second-half rally with a pair of safeties and a touchdown off a Minnesota turnover in the fourth quarter to win the matchup. The Badgers have won the last five matchups against the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison. [21]
November 15 Ohio State 30 Illinois 20 The Buckeyes avenged their 2007 loss against the Illini when Ohio State was ranked 1st in the polls. Ohio State ran its consecutive Big Ten road win to 15 and also returned the Illibuck to Columbus with Ohio State holding a 57-23 advantage over Illinois. [22]
November 22 Michigan 7 Ohio State 42 The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one of the greatest sports rivalries. This annual matchup as the last regular season game has decided 24 Big Ten championships including this season's matchup. The Buckeyes won their fifth straight game against the Wolverines and continued their home winning streak against Michigan to 4. Ohio State clinched a share of a 4th straight Big Ten championship after beating Michigan. The Wolverines have not won since the 100th matchup between the archrivals in 2003. [23]
November 22 Michigan State 18 Penn State 49 In this snowy matchup, Penn State returned the Land Grant Trophy to Happy Valley after avenging a 2007 season loss to the Spartans. Penn State increased its record against the Spartans to 12-4 since 1993. Penn State clinched a share of the Big Ten championship with a win over Michigan State and also a Rose Bowl berth for the first time since the 1994 season after beating Ohio State earlier in this season. The win also marked the 800th win in school history which is only the 6th team in the FBS and 3rd from the Big Ten to do so. [24]
November 22 Iowa 55 Minnesota 0 The Floyd of Rosedale stayed with the Hawkeyes after a dominating win by Iowa. Shonn Greene set the Iowa single-season rushing record with 1,729 yards breaking Tavian Banks' record set in 1997. It was Minnesota's final time playing its home games in the Metrodome as the school moves into TCF Bank Stadium next season. [25]
November 22 Illinois 10 Northwestern 27 This was the last battle for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, which the schools agreed to retire after the NCAA declared it to be abusive to Native Americans. While the schools had agreed that Northwestern would be the trophy's final resting place regardless of the game result, the Wildcats won the trophy on the field, making it five wins in the last six matchups. The win for Northwestern meant a nine win season for only the fifth time in school history. It also knocked Illinois out of a bowl game after making it to the 2008 Rose Bowl. [26]
November 22 Indiana 10 Purdue 62 In Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller's final game, the Old Oaken Bucket was returned to the Boilermakers after their performance against the Hoosiers. This was also the most lopsided game in the series between these two teams since 1893. [27]

Spring games[edit]

April 12[edit]

  • Michigan

April 19[edit]

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan State
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

April 25[edit]

  • Minnesota

April 26[edit]

  • Northwestern

Homecoming games[edit]

September 27[edit]

  • Northwestern 22, Iowa 17

October 4[edit]

  • Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • Illinois 45, Michigan 20

October 11[edit]

  • Minnesota 27, Illinois 20

October 18[edit]

  • Northwestern 48, Purdue 26
  • Penn State 46, Michigan 17

October 25[edit]

  • Indiana 21, Northwestern 19
  • Minnesota 17, Purdue 6
  • Wisconsin 27, Illinois 17
  • Penn State 13, Ohio State 6

November 1[edit]

  • Northwestern 24, Minnesota 17

Statistical leaders[edit]

Team[edit]

Scoring Offense
Team G PTS AVG
Penn State 12 482 40.2
Iowa 12 396 30.3
Illinois 12 344 28.7
Wisconsin 12 344 28.7


Scoring Defense
Team G PTS AVG
Penn State 12 149 12.4
Ohio State 12 157 13.1
Iowa 12 159 13.3
Northwestern 12 232 19.3


Passing Offense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Illinois 393 3,232 22 269.3
Purdue 502 2,995 16 249.6
Penn State 346 2,887 22 240.6
Minnesota 380 2,597 14 216.4


Rushing Offense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Wisconsin 529 2,544 31 212
Penn State 482 2,539 35 211.6
Ohio State 501 20 191.6
Iowa 468 2,272 27 189.3


Total Offense
Team RUSH PASS TOTAL TD YDS/G
Penn State 2,539 2,887 5,426 57 452.2
Illinois 2,034 3,232 5,266 39 438.8
Wisconsin 2,544 2,313 4,857 41 404.8
Purdue 1,498 2,995 4,493 35 374.4


Passing Defense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Ohio State 382 1,972 10 164.3
Penn State 364 2,016 6 168.0
Purdue 359 2,199 14 183.3
Wisconsin 367 2,269 13 189.1


Rushing Defense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Penn State 395 1,151 11 95.9
Iowa 383 1,179 7 98.3
Ohio State 377 1,379 6 114.9
Northwestern 424 1,532 15 127.7


Total Defense
Team RUSH PASS TOTAL TD YDS/G
Penn State 1,151 2,016 3,167 17 263.9
Ohio State 1,379 1,972 3,351 16 279.3
Iowa 1,179 2,295 3,474 15 289.5
Wisconsin 1,599 2,269 3,868 34 322.3


3rd Downs
Team CONV ATT PCT
Penn State 85 161 52.8
Northwestern 86 188 45.7
Ohio State 70 160 43.8
Illinois 67 162 41.4


Opp. 3rd Downs
Team CONV ATT PCT
Penn State 53 172 30.8
Iowa 62 183 33.9
Northwestern 61 180 33.9
Ohio State 60 170 35.3


Red Zone Offense
Team ATT TD FG TOTAL PCT
Ohio State 38 23 13 36 94.7
Penn State 61 41 16 57 93.4
Minnesota 37 24 9 33 89.2
Northwestern 51 27 18 45 86.5


Red Zone Defense
Team ATT TD FG TOTAL PCT
Iowa 28 12 9 21 75
Northwestern 39 19 14 30 76.9
Michigan State 39 22 9 30 76.9
Purdue 47 24 13 37 78.7


Turnover Margin
Team GAIN LOSS DIFF
Ohio State 28 13 +15
Minnesota 30 18 +12
Penn State 22 13 +9
Iowa 27 21 +6


Penalties
Team NO. YDS AVG/G
Penn State 40 335 28
Iowa 47 396 33
Purdue 60 484 40.3
Michigan 57 500 41.7

Individual[edit]

Passing
Player School COMP ATT YDS TD INT PASS EFF.
Juice Williams Illinois 219 381 3,173 22 16 138.1
Adam Weber Minnesota 236 376 2,585 14 8 128.6
Curtis Painter Purdue 227 379 2,400 13 11 118.6
Daryll Clark Penn State 171 285 2,319 17 4 145.2


Rushing
Player School ATT YDS YPC TD
Shonn Greene Iowa 278 1,729 6.2 17
Javon Ringer Michigan State 370 1,590 4.3 21
Evan Royster Penn State 185 1,202 6.5 12
Kory Sheets Purdue 234 1,131 4.8 16


Receiving
Player School REC YDS YPC TD
Arrelious Benn Illinois 67 1,055 15.7 3
Eric Decker Minnesota 76 925 12.2 6
Desmond Tardy Purdue 67 876 13.1 5
Greg Orton Purdue 69 720 10.4 5


Tackles
Player School SOLO AST TOTAL AVG/G
Brit Miller Illinois 72 60 132 11
James Laurinaitis Ohio State 46 75 121 10.1
Greg Jones Michigan State 72 43 115 9.6
Anthony Heygood Purdue 65 49 114 9.5


Sacks
Player School SACKS YARDS
Aaron Maybin Penn State 12.0 78
Jammie Kirlew Indiana 10.5 86
Brandon Graham Michigan 10 64
William VanDeSteeg Minnesota 9.5 69


Interceptions
Player School INT YARDS TD
Pat Angerer Iowa 5 34 0
Otis Wiley Michigan State 4 84 1
Kurt Coleman Ohio State 4 18 0


Kick Returns
Player School RET YDS TD AVG LONG
Desmond Tardy Purdue 12 345 0 28.8 68
Derrick Williams Penn State 18 486 2 27.0 94
Aaron Valentin Purdue 16 411 0 25.7 64
Troy Stoudermire Minnesota 36 909 0 25.2 58


Punt Returns
Player School RET YDS TD AVG LONG
Ray Small Ohio State 23 348 1 15.1 80
Marcus Sherels Minnesota 14 174 0 12.4 34
Andy Brodell Iowa 36 383 1 10.6 81
Otis Wiley Michigan State 23 234 0 10.2 78


Kicking
Player School PAT FG PTS PTS/G
Kevin Kelly Penn State 57/57 19/23 114 9.5
Phillip Welch Wisconsin 30/31 17/20 81 8.1
Brett Swenson Michigan State 34/34 20/25 94 7.8

All-Big Ten Conference Team[edit]

First Team Offense
Individual Team Position
Daryll Clark Penn State Quarterback
Shonn Greene Iowa Running Back
Javon Ringer Michigan State Running Back
Eric Decker Minnesota Receiver
Derrick Williams Penn State Receiver
A.Q. Shipley Penn State Center
Seth Olsen Iowa Guard
Rich Ohrnberger Penn State Guard
Alex Boone Ohio State Tackle
Gerald Cadogan Penn State Tackle
Brandon Myers Iowa Tight End
Kevin Kelly Penn State Kicker


First Team Defense
Individual Team Position
Mitch King Iowa Line
Corey Wootton Northwestern Line
Aaron Maybin Penn State Line
Jared Odrick Penn State Line
Greg Jones Michigan State Linebacker
James Laurinaitis Ohio State Linebacker
Navorro Bowman Penn State Linebacker
Vontae Davis Illinois Defensive Back
Otis Wiley Michigan State Defensive Back
Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State Defensive Back
Anthony Scirrotto Penn State Defensive Back
Zoltan Mesko Michigan Punter

Awards[edit]

National awards[edit]

Doak Walker Award

Rimington Trophy

Lott Trophy

Jim Thorpe Award

Conference honors[edit]

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year

Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten Coach of the Year)

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Game Date Stadium City Television Conference Matchups Payout (US$)
Insight Bowl December 31, 2008 Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Arizona NFL Minnesota vs. Kansas $1.2 Million
Champs Sports Bowl December 27, 2008 Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida ESPN Wisconsin vs. Florida State $2.25 Million
Alamo Bowl December 29, 2008 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas ESPN Northwestern vs. Missouri $2.2 Million
Outback Bowl January 1, 2009 Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida ESPN Iowa vs. South Carolina $3 Million
Capital One January 1, 2009 Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida ABC Michigan State vs. Georgia $4.25 Million
Fiesta Bowl January 5, 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona Fox Ohio State vs. Texas $17.5 Million
Rose Bowl January 1, 2009 Rose Bowl Pasadena, California ABC Penn State vs. USC $18 Million

Attendance[edit]

The overall attendance for the Big Ten was a total of 5,399,659 fans attending 77 contests this year. This meant that conference schools averaged 70,125 fans per home contest this season. Each Big Ten team has seven home games during the season with two exceptions; Indiana played eight games in Memorial Stadium and Illinois played two neutral sites to limit the Illini to six games in Memorial Stadium. Below are the figures for each game, the total for the team's season and the average attendance per game. The rankings below are by average attendance per game.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Total Average
Michigan 108,421 106,724 109,833 109,750 107,267 110,146 107,856 --- 759,997 108,571
Penn State 106,577 108,159 105,106 109,626 110,017 108,445 109,845 --- 757,775 108,253
Ohio State 105,011 105,002 102,989 105,175 105,378 105,711* 105,564 --- 734,830 104,975
Wisconsin 80,910 80,396 81,608 81,524 81,241 81,228 80,709 --- 567,616 81,088
Michigan State 71,789 70,321 76,366 77,526 77,360 75,121 75,522 --- 524,005 74,857
Iowa 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 67,676 --- 491,186 70,169
Illinois 60,131 58,632 62,870 62,870 62,870 62,870 --- --- 370,243 61,707
Purdue 51,476 54,666 57,101 57,215 54,215 59,135 63,107 --- 396,915 56,702
Minnesota 44,029 43,929 41,003 40,511 54,122 55,040 64,071 --- 342,705 48,957
Indiana 30,067 30,123 41,349 31,832 33,428 30,698 26,140 30,618 254,255 31,781
Northwestern 20,015 19,062 22,069 32,527 27,163 47,130 32,166 --- 200,132 28,590

* denotes Ohio Stadium record vs. Penn State on October 25.

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