2010 Big Ten Conference football season

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2010 Big Ten Conference football season
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League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September 2, 2010
through January 4, 2011
Number of teams 11
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network
2011 NFL Draft
Top draft pick J. J. Watt (Wisconsin)
Picked by Houston Texans, #11
Regular Season
Conference
Co-Champions
Wisconsin Badgers
Michigan State Spartans
Season MVP Denard Robinson
Football seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 2  
#5 Ohio State   0* 1         0* 1  
#14 Michigan State §   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) and Penn State (7-6, 4-4) in the 2010 season are vacated
    As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The 2010 Big Ten Conference football season was the 115th season for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Thursday, September 2, as conference member Minnesota traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to face Middle Tennessee, and Ohio State hosted the Thundering Herd of Marshall. The conference’s other 9 teams began their respective 2010 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition on Saturday, September 4. It was also the final season for the conference before the Nebraska Cornhuskers joined the conference from the Big 12 the following season.

Preseason[edit]

After a 2010 NFL Draft, which saw 34 Big Ten athletes selected,[3] 12 2009 first-team All-Big Ten selections, 8 second-team selections and 33 honorable mention selections returned for the 2010 season.[4] The Big Ten held the 2010 Football Media Days and 39th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, August 2–3.[3]

Schedules[edit]

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 each team and its two "no-plays" for 2010:[5]

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

Rankings[edit]

In Weeks 3 and 4, the Big Ten had six teams ranked in both polls for the first time since September 13, 2004.[6]

  Pre Wk
1
Wk
2
Wk
3
Wk
4
Wk
5
Wk
6
Wk
7
Wk
8
Wk
9
Wk
10
Wk
11
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12
Wk
13
Wk
14
Final
Illinois AP RV
C RV RV
Harris Not released RV
BCS Not released
Indiana AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Iowa AP 9 9 9 18 17 15 15 13 18 15 13 21
C 10 9 10 18 18 15 14 12 19 16 13 20
Harris Not released 15 12 17 14 12 19
BCS Not released 15 18 16 13 20
Michigan AP RV 20 21 19 18 RV RV RV RV
C RV 22 22 19 17 24 RV 25 RV RV RV
Harris Not released 24 RV RV RV RV RV
BCS Not released
Michigan State AP RV RV 25 24 17 13 8 5 16 10 11 11 7 7
C RV RV RV 23 21 16 11 8 5 15 10 11 10 7 7
Harris Not released 12 8 5 16 10 10 10 7 7
BCS Not released 7 5 14 11 12 10 8 9
Minnesota AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Northwestern AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV 25
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV RV
BCS Not released
Ohio State AP 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 11 10 8 8 8
C 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 10 10 8 7 7
Harris Not released 1 10 10 8 7 7
BCS Not released 10 11 11 9 9
Penn State AP 19 18 22 23 22 RV RV
C 14 14 20 20 20 RV RV RV
Harris Not released RV RV
BCS Not released
Purdue AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Wisconsin AP 12 11 11 11 11 20 18 10 9 7 6 5
C 12 11 11 10 9 19 16 11 9 7 5 5
Harris Not released 16 11 9 7 5 5
BCS Not released 13 10 9 7 7

Spring games[edit]

April 17

  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

April 24

  • Illinois
  • Michigan State
  • Minnesota
  • Northwestern
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State

Season[edit]

Homecoming games[edit]

October 2

  • Penn State @ Iowa 7:05 p.m. CT (Iowa's record in homecoming games is 52-41-5) [7]
  • Northwestern @ Minnesota 11:00 a.m. CT (Minnesota's record in homecoming games is 54-33-3) [8]

October 9

  • Illinois @ Penn State 12:00 p.m. ET (Penn State's record in homecoming games is 65-20-5) [9]
  • Minnesota @ Wisconsin 11:00 a.m. ET (Wisconsin's record in homecoming games is 52-45-5) [10]

October 16

  • Arkansas State @ Indiana 12:00 p.m. ET (Indiana's record in homecoming games is 43-48-6) [11]
  • Iowa @ Michigan 3:30 p.m. ET (Michigan's record in homecoming games is 83-26) [12]
  • Illinois @ Michigan State 12:00 p.m. ET (Michigan State's record in homecoming games is 61-30-3) [13]
  • Minnesota @ Purdue 12:00 p.m. ET (Purdue's record in homecoming games is 48-35-4) [14]

October 23

  • Indiana @ Illinois 11:00 a.m. CT (Illinois's record in homecoming games is 42-55-2) [15]
  • Michigan State @ Northwestern 11:00 a.m. CT [16]
  • Purdue @ Ohio State 12:00 p.m. ET (Ohio State's record in homecoming games is 64-19-5) [17]

On September 25, Joe Paterno became the fifth head coach to earn 150 victories as a member of the Big Ten Conference (before victories from 1998-2011 were vacated).[6] On October 9, Jim Tressel became the first Big Ten head coach to earn 100 victories in his first ten seasons, surpassing Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr who achieved the milestone in their 11th seasons and he did so in the third fewest games (121), behind Schembechler and Fielding Yost (119) and ahead of Henry Williams (123). (The wins for the 2010 season were later vacated.)[18] On November 6, Paterno became the first FBS coach to total 400 career wins (before wins from 1998-2011 were vacated).[19]

Big Ten vs. BCS matchups[edit]

Date Visitor Home Significance Winning Team
September 4 Illinois Missouri Arch Rivalry Missouri
September 4 Connecticut Michigan Michigan
September 4 Northwestern Vanderbilt Northwestern
September 4 Purdue Notre Dame Shillelagh Trophy Notre Dame
September 11 Iowa State Iowa Cy-Hawk Trophy Iowa
September 11 Michigan Notre Dame Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry Michigan
September 11 Miami Ohio State Rematch of 2003 Fiesta Bowl (2002 National Championship) Ohio State (Vacated)
September 11 Penn State Alabama Alabama
September 18 USC Minnesota USC
September 18 Iowa Arizona Arizona
September 18 Notre Dame Michigan State Megaphone Trophy Michigan State
September 18 Arizona State Wisconsin Wisconsin

Attendance[edit]

Week 3 attendance (September 18) set an all-time Big Ten single-day attendance record with an average of 78,844. All eight games had crowds of over 50,000; Michigan State (78,411), Wisconsin (81,332), Ohio State (105,075) and Michigan (110,187) had sellouts; and 100,610 patrons were in attendance for Penn State. It surpassed the September 3, 2005 eight-game single-day average of 76,475.[20] On October 9, the Big Ten set a five-game attendance record of 88,034, surpassing the 87,620, set on October 28, 1995. Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin all hosted sellouts.[18]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Total Average % of Capacity
Illinois Memorial Stadium 62,872 52,217 50,569 62,870 53,550 50,371 55,549 325,126 54,188 86.2
Indiana Memorial Stadium 52,929 35,242 42,258 52,929 40,480 37,818 42,991 251,718 41,953 79.3
Iowa Kinnick Stadium 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 494,095 70,585 100
Michigan Michigan Stadium 109,901 113,090 110,187 109,933 113,065 112,784 111,441 112,276 782,782 111,826 101.8
Michigan State Spartan Stadium 75,005 75,769 78,411 70,926 73,108 74,441 71,128 71,111 514,984 73,556 98.1
Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium 50,805 49,554 50,422 49,368 49,228 48,479 48,717 50,805 346,573 49,510 97.5
Northwestern Ryan Field 47,130 25,471 30,075 33,847 41,115 47,130 177,638 35,527 75.4
Ohio State Ohio Stadium 102,329 105,040 105,454 105,075 105,017 105,291 105,387 105,466 105,491 842,231 105,278 102.9
Penn State Beaver Stadium 107,282 101,213 100,610 104,840 107,638 108,539 104,147 102,649 729,636 104,233 97.2
Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium 62,500 47,301 54,124 42,068 47,319 45,227 50,268 50,136 190,812 48,063 76.9
Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium 80,321 78,469 81,332 77,224 80,328 81,194 80,477 80,011 559,035 79,862 99.4

Bowl games[edit]

The following is the Big Ten Bowl game schedule.[21]

Bowl Date Opponents Winner* Score Loser* Score Location Time+ Network Big Ten's
Records
Notes
Insight Bowl December 28, 2010 Iowa vs. Missouri Iowa 27 Missouri 24 Tempe, Arizona 6 p.m. ESPN 1-0
Texas Bowl December 29, 2010 Illinois vs. Baylor Illinois 38 Baylor 14 Houston, Texas 5 p.m. ESPN 2-0
Capital One Bowl January 1, 2011 Michigan State vs. Alabama Alabama 49 Michigan State 7 Orlando, Florida 1 p.m. ABC 2-1
Outback Bowl January 1, 2011 Penn State vs. Florida Florida 37 Penn State 24 Tampa, Florida 1 p.m. ABC 2-2
TicketCity Bowl January 1, 2011 Northwestern vs. Texas Tech Texas Tech 45 Northwestern 38 Dallas, Texas ESPNU 2-3
Gator Bowl January 1, 2011 Michigan vs. Mississippi State Mississippi State 52 Michigan 14 Jacksonville, Florida 1:30 p.m. ESPN2 2-4
Rose Bowl presented by Vizio January 1, 2011 Wisconsin vs. TCU TCU 21 Wisconsin 19 Pasadena, California 2:10 p.m. ESPN 2-5
Sugar Bowl January 4, 2011 Ohio State vs. Arkansas Ohio State (Vacated) 31 Arkansas 26 New Orleans, Louisiana 8:30 p.m. ESPN 2-5
*Big Ten team is bolded. +Time given is Central Time

Head coaches[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 11 Houston Texans Watt, J. J.J. J. Watt  DE Wisconsin Big Ten
1 16 Washington Redskins Kerrigan, RyanRyan Kerrigan  DE Purdue Big Ten from Jacksonville [R1 - 1]
1 18 San Diego Chargers Liuget, CoreyCorey Liuget  DT Illinois Big Ten
1 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Clayborn, AdrianAdrian Clayborn  DE Iowa Big Ten
1 29 Chicago Bears Carimi, GabeGabe Carimi  OT Wisconsin Big Ten
1 31 Pittsburgh Steelers Heyward, CameronCameron Heyward  DE Ohio State Big Ten
2 47 St. Louis Rams Kendricks, LanceLance Kendricks  TE Wisconsin Big Ten
2 48 Oakland Raiders Wisniewski, StefenStefen Wisniewski  C Penn State Big Ten
2 57 Detroit Lions Leshoure, MikelMikel Leshoure  RB Illinois Big Ten from Seattle
2 61 San Diego Chargers Mouton, JonasJonas Mouton  LB Michigan Big Ten from New York Jets [R2 - 1]
3 72 New Orleans Saints Wilson, MartezMartez Wilson  LB Illinois Big Ten from Washington [R3 - 1]
3 75 Seattle Seahawks Moffitt, JohnJohn Moffitt  G Wisconsin Big Ten from Detroit
4 106 Minnesota Vikings Ballard, ChristianChristian Ballard  DE Iowa Big Ten from
4 113 Oakland Raiders Chekwa, ChimdiChimdi Chekwa  CB Ohio State Big Ten
4 117 New York Giants Brewer, JamesJames Brewer  OT Indiana Big Ten
4 123 Baltimore Ravens Doss, TandonTandon Doss  WR Indiana Big Ten
5 135 Kansas City Chiefs Stanzi, RickyRicky Stanzi  QB Iowa Big Ten from Denver via Tampa Bay [R5 - 1]
5 142 Tennessee Titans Klug, KarlKarl Klug  DE Iowa Big Ten
5 158 St. Louis Rams Hines, JermaleJermale Hines  S Ohio State Big Ten from Atlanta
5 161 Philadelphia Eagles Vandervelde, JulianJulian Vandervelde  G Iowa Big Ten from New York Jets
6 177 Washington Redskins Royster, EvanEvan Royster  RB Penn State Big Ten
6 185 New York Giants Jones, GregGreg Jones  LB Michigan State Big Ten
6 188 Indianapolis Colts Rucker, Chris L.Chris L. Rucker  CB Michigan State Big Ten
6 193 Philadelphia Eagles Rolle, BrianBrian Rolle  LB Ohio State Big Ten from New England
6* 198 New York Giants Sash, TylerTyler Sash  S Iowa Big Ten
6* 200 Minnesota Vikings Homan, RossRoss Homan  LB Ohio State Big Ten
6* 201 San Diego Chargers Schilling, StephenStephen Schilling  G Michigan Big Ten
7* 243 New Orleans Saints Bussey, NathanNathan Bussey  LB Illinois Big Ten
7^ 252 Dallas Cowboys Nagy, BillBill Nagy  C Wisconsin Big Ten

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stellino, Vito (April 28, 2011). "Blaine Gabbert: Face of the Jaguars' future: Jags pull major surprise again with deal for Missouri QB". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Former All-Pro Cromartie headed to Jets". ESPN.com. March 5, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Schefter, Adam (June 19, 2010). "Redskins add OT Brown in trade". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Draft trade tracker: Let's make a deal: Broncos collect two more late picks from Buccaneers". NFL.com. National Football League. April 24, 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Stroud, Rick (October 19, 2010). "Bucs trade for Chiefs' DE Alex Magee". The St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  1. ^ #16: Jacksonville → Washington. (D) see #10: Washington → Jacksonville. [source 1]
  1. ^ #61: New York Jets → San Diego (PD). The Jets traded this conditional selection to San Diego for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.[source 2]
  1. ^ #72: Washington → New Orleans (PD). Washington traded this selection and a conditional 2012 sixth-round selection to New Orleans for offensive tackle Jammal Brown and a fifth-round selection.[source 3]
  1. ^ #135: multiple trades:
           #135: Denver → Tampa Bay (PD). Denver traded this selection to Tampa Bay for a 2010 seventh-round selection it acquired from Pittsburgh (225th overall; Denver selected Syd'Quan Thompson) and a 2010 seventh-round selection it acquired from Baltimore (232nd overall; Denver selected Jammie Kirlew).[source 4]
           #135: Tampa Bay → Kansas City (PD). Tampa Bay traded this selection to Kansas City for Kansas City's 6th round selection (#187) and defensive tackle Alex Magee.[source 5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Big Ten football standings
  2. ^ 2010 college football rankings
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  4. ^ "2010 Big Ten Football Prospectus: Twenty All-Big Ten players return to the field for the 2010 campaign". CBS Interactive. 2010-04-12. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
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  6. ^ a b "Big Ten Weekly Football Release - Sept. 27: 115th Big Ten football season starts Saturday". CBS Interactive. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
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  18. ^ a b "Big Ten Weekly Football Release - Oct. 11: Five Big Ten teams among top 25, including nation's No. 1 team for first time since 2007". CBS Interactive. 2010-10-11. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  19. ^ "Big Ten Weekly Football Release - Nov. 8: Penn State's Joe Paterno becomes first FBS coach to earn 400 wins.". CBS Interactive. 2010-11-08. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  20. ^ "Big Ten Weekly Football Release - Sept. 20: Big Ten tied for national lead with six top 25 teams, most top 25 squads since 2004 season.". CBS Interactive. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  21. ^ "2010-11 bowl schedule". ESPN. 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-12-06.