2011 Big Ten Conference football season

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2011 Big Ten Conference football season
Big Ten Conference logo.png
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration September 3, 2011
through January, 2012
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN Inc., Big Ten Network, FOX (championship game)
2012 NFL Draft
Top draft pick Riley Reiff (Iowa)
Picked by Detroit Lions, 23rd overall
Regular Season
Season MVP Montee Ball
Top scorer Montee Ball
Leaders Division champions Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions
Legends Division champions Michigan State Spartans
Championship Game
Champions Wisconsin Badgers
  Runners-up Michigan State
Championship Game MVP Russell Wilson
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#11 Michigan State xy   7 1         11 3  
#12 Michigan   6 2         11 2  
#24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders
#10 Wisconsin xy   6 2         11 3  
Penn State   0* 2         0* 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant

The 2011 Big Ten Conference football season is the 116th for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Saturday, September 3, as each of the conference’s teams began their respective 2011 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition. This season is Nebraska's first season as a member of the Big Ten, and also marks the creation of conference divisions (named Leaders and Legends), and a championship game.[1] The season was also notable for the Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

For the season, Leaders Division champion Wisconsin finished as conference champion by defeating Legends Division champion Michigan State in the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Penn State was Leaders Division co-Champion, while Legends Division runner-up Michigan finished with the conference's best record. The conference earned two BCS bowl invitations and compiled a 4–6 overall record in 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.

The Conference had six 2011 College Football All-America Team consensus selections: Montee Ball, Kevin Zeitler, David Molk, Whitney Mercilus (unanimous), Devon Still, and Jerel Worthy, with the Rimington Trophy going to Molk and the Ted Hendricks Award going to Mercilus. Ball won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and the conference's players won four national statistical championships: Russell Wilson (passing efficiency), Raheem Mostert (kickoff return average), Ball (scoring), and Mercilus (quarterback sacks).

Following the season the conference contributed 41 to the 2012 NFL Draft, including 4 in the first round: Riley Reiff (23rd), Mercilus (26th), Zeitler (27th), and A. J. Jenkins (30th).

Rankings[edit]

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Illinois AP 24 24 19 16 23 RV
C RV 22 16 15 21 RV
Harris Not released 14 20 RV RV
BCS Not released 23
Indiana AP
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Harris Not released
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Iowa AP RV RV
C RV RV RV RV
Harris Not released RV
BCS Not released
Michigan AP RV RV RV 22 19 12 11 18 17 13 22 20 17 17 13 12
C RV RV RV 21 19 11 10 17 17 13 21 18 16 16 12 9
Harris Not released 10 17 16 13 21 18 16 16 12
BCS Not released 18 18 15 24 18 15 16 13
Michigan State AP 17 17 15 RV RV RV 23 15 9 15 13 12 11 11 12 11
C 17 16 15 23 25 20 19 13 10 16 13 12 10 9 13 10
Harris Not released 22 15 11 17 13 12 11 11 13
BCS Not released 16 11 17 17 15 14 11 17
Minnesota AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Nebraska AP 10 10 10 9 8 14 14 13 13 9 18 16 22 20 21 24
C 11 10 10 9 8 15 14 11 13 9 17 16 22 19 20 24
Harris Not released 13 11 13 9 17 16 21 19 20
BCS Not released 13 14 10 19 16 21 20 20
Northwestern AP RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Ohio State AP 18 15 17 RV RV RV
C 16 15 16 RV RV RV RV
Harris Not released RV
BCS Not released
Penn State AP RV 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV 21 16 12 21 20 23 24 RV
C 25 20 RV RV RV RV 25 22 19 15 12 21 19 22 23 RV
Harris Not released RV 24 19 16 12 19 18 22 23
BCS Not released 21 19 16 12 21 19 23 22
Purdue AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Wisconsin AP 11 8 7 6 7 4 4 4 12 19 16 15 15 15 9 10
C 10 9 8 7 7 5 4 4 11 17 14 13 12 12 8 11
Harris Not released 4 4 12 18 14 13 14 13 8
BCS Not released 6 15 20 18 17 16 12 10
Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  No change in ranking from previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll

Spring games[edit]

April 9

  • Purdue Boilermakers

April 16

  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Michigan Wolverines
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Northwestern Wildcats
  • Penn State Nittany Lions

April 23

  • Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Wisconsin Badgers

April 30

  • Michigan State Spartans

[2]

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Big Ten member won
Big Ten member lost
Big Ten teams in bold

All times Eastern time.

Rankings reflect that of the AP poll.[citation needed]

Week 1[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 8:00 PM UNLV #11 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN W 51–17   77,085
September 2 7:30 PM Youngstown State #17 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN W 28–6   75,910
September 3 12:00 PM Northwestern Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 24–17   37,561
September 3 12:00 PM Akron #18 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN W 42–0   105,001
September 3 12:00 PM Indiana State Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN W 41–7   96,461
September 3 12:00 PM Tennessee Tech Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 34–7   70,585
September 3 12:00 PM Middle Tennessee State Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 27–24   42,110
September 3 3:30 PM Minnesota #25 USC Los Angeles ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC / ESPN2 L 19–17   68,273
September 3 3:30 PM Western Michigan Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC / ESPN2 W 34–10   110,506
September 3 3:30 PM Chattanooga #10 Nebraska Memorial StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 40–7   84,883
September 3 3:30 PM Arkansas State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 33–15   45,154
September 3 6:00 PM Indiana Ball State Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN BTN L 27–20   40,224
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 2[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 12:00 PM Iowa Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA (Cy-Hawk Series) FSN L 44–41 3OT  56,085
September 10 12:00 PM Florida Atlantic #17 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 44–0   70,249
September 10 12:00 PM Toledo #15 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN W 27–22   105,016
September 10 12:00 PM Oregon State #8 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN W 35–0   80,337
September 10 12:00 PM South Dakota State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 56–3   42,212
September 10 3:30 PM Eastern Illinois Northwestern Ryan Field (stadium)Evanston, IL BTN W 42–21   28,042
September 10 3:30 PM New Mexico State Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN L 28–21   48,807
September 10 3:30 PM #3 Alabama #23 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 27–11   107,846
September 10 3:30 PM Purdue Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX CBS Sports Network L 24–22   25,317
September 10 7:00 PM Virginia Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 34–31   41,549
September 10 7:00 PM Fresno State #10 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 42–29   85,101
September 10 8:00 PM Notre Dame Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Mich-ND rivalry) ESPN W 35–31   114,804
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 3[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 12:00 PM Eastern Michigan Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 31–3   110,343
September 17 12:00 PM Penn State Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN W 14–10   57,323
September 17 12:00 PM Pittsburgh Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2 W 31–27   70,585
September 17 12:00 PM Southeast Missouri State Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 59–0   46,116
September 17 3:30 PM South Carolina State Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 38–21   41,203
September 17 3:30 PM #15 Michigan State Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC L 31–13   80,795
September 17 3:30 PM Miami (OH) Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 29–23   49,950
September 17 3:30 PM Washington #11 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC W 51–38   85,110
September 17 3:30 PM Northwestern Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBS L 21–14   35,784
September 17 3:30 PM #7 Wisconsin Northern Illinois Soldier FieldChicago, IL ESPN3 W 49–7   41,068
September 17 3:30 PM #22 Arizona State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 17–14   50,669
September 17 7:30 PM #17 Ohio State Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami, FL ESPN L 24–6   66,279
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 4[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 24 12:00 PM Central Michigan Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPNU W 45–7   72,119
September 24 12:00 PM Eastern Michigan Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN2 W 34–6   95,636
September 24 12:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 45–17   70,585
September 24 3:30 PM Colorado Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC \ ESPN2 W 37–17   105,096
September 24 3:30 PM South Dakota #6 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 59–10   78,880
September 24 3:30 PM Western Michigan #24 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 23–20   43,684
September 24 7:00 PM North Dakota State Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN L 37–24   48,802
September 24 7:00 PM Indiana North Texas Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN3 L 24–21   21,181
September 24 7:30 PM #9 Nebraska Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY NBC Sports Network W 38–14   32,617
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
September 24 Northwestern Purdue

Week 5[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 1 12:00 PM Penn State Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPNU  PSU16–10   42,621
October 1 12:00 PM Minnesota #19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) BTN  MICH 58–0   111,106
October 1† 12:00 PM Northwestern #24 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) BTN  ILL 38–35   53,243
October 1 3:30 PM Michigan State Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC / ESPN2  MSU 10–7   105,306
October 1 8:00 PM #8 Nebraska #7 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC  WIS 48–17   81,384
October 1 8:00 PM Notre Dame Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ESPN L 38–10   61,555
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 1 Iowa

Week 6[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 8 12:00 PM Minnesota Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN  PUR 45–17   38,207
October 8 2:30 PM #19 Illinois Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN  ILL 41–20   41,665
October 8 3:30 PM Iowa Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC / ESPN  PSU 13–3   103,497
October 8 7:00 PM #12 Michigan Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  MICH 42–24   47,330
October 8† 8:00 PM Ohio State #14 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC  NEB 34–27   85,426
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 8 Michigan State #4 Wisconsin

Week 7[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 15 12:00 PM #11 Michigan #23 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN  MSU 28–14   77,515
October 15† 12:00 PM Purdue Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN  PSU 23–18   100,820
October 15† 12:00 PM Indiana #4 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2  WIS 59–7   80,732
October 15 3:30 PM Ohio State #16 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck) ABC / ESPN  OSU 17–7   55,229
October 15 7:00 PM Northwestern Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN  IOWA 41–31   70,585
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 15 Minnesota #14 Nebraska

Week 8[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 22† 12:00 PM Indiana Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN  IOWA 45–24   70,585
October 22† 12:00 PM #23 Illinois Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) ESPN2  PUR 21–14   45,146
October 22† 3:30 PM #13 Nebraska Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ABC / ESPN2  NEB 41–14   49,187
October 22† 7:00 PM #21 Penn State Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  PSU 34–24   40,004
October 22† 8:00 PM #6 Wisconsin #16 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN  MSU 37–31   76,405
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 22 #18 Michigan Ohio State

Week 9[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 29† 12:00 PM Northwestern Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN  NW 59–38   39,239
October 29† 12:00 PM Purdue #18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN2  MICH 36–14   112,115
October 29 12:00 PM #11 Michigan State #14 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN  NEB 24–3   85,641
October 29 3:30 PM Iowa Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) BTN  MIN 22–21   46,543
October 29 3:30 PM Illinois #19 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC / ESPN2  PSU 10–7   97,828
October 29† 8:00 PM #15 Wisconsin Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN  OSU 33–29   105,511
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 10[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 5 12:00 PM Minnesota #17 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN  MSU 31–24   72,219
November 5 12:00 PM Indiana Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN  OSU 34–20   105,195
November 5 12:00 PM #15 Michigan Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN  IOWA 24–16   70,585
November 5 3:30 PM Northwestern #10 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN  NW 28–25   85,115
November 5 3:30 PM Purdue #20 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN  WIS 62–17   80,566
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
November 5 Illinois #16 Penn State

Week 11[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 12 12:00 PM Rice Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 28–6   26,886
November 12 12:00 PM #19 Nebraska #12 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN  NEB 17–14   107,903
November 12 12:00 PM #17 Michigan State Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2  MSU 37–21   70,585
November 12 12:00 PM Ohio State Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN  PUR 26–23   43,334
November 12 3:30 PM #18 Wisconsin Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) BTN  WIS 42–13   49,158
November 12 3:30 PM #24 Michigan Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ABC / ESPN  MICH 31–14   60,670
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
November 12 Indiana

Week 12[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 19 12:00 PM Minnesota Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  NW 28–13   26,215
November 19 12:00 PM Indiana #15 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) BTN  MSU 55–3   74,128
November 19 12:00 PM #16 Nebraska #18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN  MICH 45–17   113,718
November 19 12:00 PM #17 Wisconsin Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN2  WIS 28–17   45,519
November 19 12:00 PM Iowa Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN  IOWA 31–21   40,106
November 19 3:30 PM #21 Penn State Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC / ESPN  PSU 20–14   105,493
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 13[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 25 12:00 PM Iowa #21 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Heroes Trophy) ABC  NEB 20–7   85,595
November 26 12:00 PM #14 Michigan State Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  MSU 31–17   32,172
November 26 12:00 PM Ohio State #15 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC  MICH 40–34   114,132
November 26 3:30 PM Purdue Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) BTN  PUR 33–25   42,005
November 26 3:30 PM Illinois Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN  MIN 27–7   41,549
November 26 3:30 PM #19 Penn State #16 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN  WIS 45–7   79,708
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Big Ten Championship Game[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 3 8:00 PM #10 Wisconsin #17 Michigan State Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (2011 Big Ten Championship) FOX  WIS 42–39   64,152
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Players of the week[edit]

Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams Freshman
Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team
Week 1 Russell Wilson QB WIS Brandon Herron LB MICH Brett Maher P/PK NEB Houston Bates LB ILL
Chaz Powell KR PSU
Week 2 Denard Robinson QB MICH Mike Taylor LB WIS Ameer Abdullah KR NEB Ameer Abdullah KR NEB
Week 3 James Vandenberg QB IOWA Jonathan Brown LB ILL Duane Bennett RB MINN D'Angelo Roberts RB IND
Week 4 Denard Robinson QB MICH Tom Nardo DT IOWA Derek Dimke PK ILL Donovonn Young RB ILL
Matt McGloin QB PSU
Week 5 A.J. Jenkins WR ILL Mike Taylor LB WIS Anthony Fera PK/P PSU Marcus Rush DE MSU
Russell Wilson QB WIS
Week 6 Taylor Martinez QB NEB Tavon Wilson CB ILL Brett Maher P/PK NEB Shayne Wynn KR IND
Week 7 Montee Ball RB WIS John Simon DT OSU Anthony Fera P/PK PSU Mike Sadler P MSU
Week 8 Marvin McNutt WR IOWA Gerald Hodges LB PSU Kyler Elsworth LB MSU Tre Roberson QB IND
Kirk Cousins QB MSU Kawann Short DT PUR
Week 9 Drake Dunsmore TE NW Gerald Hodges LB PSU Jordan Wettstein PK MINN Braxton Miller QB OSU
Week 10 Kain Colter QB NW Chris Borland LB WIS Mike Sadler P MSU Raheem Mostert KR PUR
Montee Ball RB WIS
Week 11 Russell Wilson QB WIS Ryan Van Bergen DE MICH Brett Maher P/PK NEB Mike Sadler P MSU
Kawann Short DT PUR Bruce Gaston DT PUR
Week 12 Denard Robinson QB MICH Chris Borland LB WIS Anthony Fera P/PK PSU Ryan Shazier LB OSU
Montee Ball RB WIS
Week 13 Denard Robinson QB MICH Kim Royston DB MINN Carson Wiggs PK PUR Braxton Miller QB OSU
Montee Ball RB WIS Lavonte David LB NEB

Attendance[edit]

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 60,670 45,154 42,212 50,669 43,684 53,243 55,229 60,670 54,633 405,494 50,687 83.5%
Indiana Memorial Stadium 52,929 41,549 41,203 42,621 41,665 39,239 42,005 248,282 41,380 78.2%
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 109,901 110,506 114,804 110,343 110,707 111,106 112,115 113,718 114,132 897,431 112,179 102%
Michigan State Spartan Stadium 75,005 75,910 70,249 72,119 77,515 76,405 72,219 74,128 518,545 74,078 98.8%
Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium 50,805 48,807 49,950 48,802 49,187 46,543 49,158 41,549 333,996 47,714 93.9%
Nebraska Memorial Stadium 81,067 84,883 85,101 85,110 85,426 85,641 85,115 85,595 596,871 85,267 105%
Northwestern Ryan Field 47,130 28,042 47,330 40,004 26,886 26,215 27,137 195,614 32,602 69.1%
Ohio State Ohio Stadium 102,329 105,001 105,016 105,096 105,306 105,511 105,159 105,493 736,582 105 226 102.8%
Penn State Beaver Stadium 107,282 96,461 107,846 95,636 103,497 100,820 97,828 107,193 709,281 101,326 94.4%
Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium 62,500 42,110 46,116 61,555 38,207 45,146 43,334 40,106 316,574 45,225 72.3%
Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium 80,312 77,085 80,337 78,880 81,384 80,732 79,708 478,126 79,688 99.2%

Post-season awards and honors[edit]

Individual Big Ten Award Winners[edit]

All-Big Ten[edit]

The following players were named by the coaches.:[3]

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois: Jeff Allen, Jonathan Brown, Derek Dimke, Terry Hawthorne, Ian Thomas; Indiana: Mitch Ewald, Jeff Thomas; Iowa: Broderick Binns, James Ferentz, Eric Guthrie, Micah Hyde, James Morris, Markus Zusevics; Michigan: Kenny Demens, J.T. Floyd, Kevin Koger, Junior Hemingway, Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Ryan Van Bergen; Michigan State: Denicos Allen, LeVeon Bell, Kenshawn Martin, Trenton Robinson, Marcus Rush; Minnesota: Kim Royston; Nebraska: Will Compton, Ben Cotton, Spencer Long, Marcel Jones, Baker Steinkuhler; Northwestern: Jeremy Ebert, Jordan Mabin, Brian Mulroe, Al Netter, Dan Persa, Brian Peters; Ohio State: Johnathan Hankins, Dan Herron, Jack Mewhort, Jake Stoneburner; Penn State: Drew Astorino, Anthony Fera, Jordan Hill, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Chima Okoli, Chaz Powell, Johnnie Troutman; Purdue: Joe Holland, Dennis Kelly; Wisconsin: Jared Abbrederis, Patrick Butrym, Antonio Fenelus, Peter Konz, Brad Nortman, Jacob Pedersen, Ricky Wagner.

The following players were named by the media panel.

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois: Derek Dimke, Terry Hawthorne, Travon Wilson; Indiana: Mitch Ewald; Iowa: Mike Daniels, James Ferentz, Adam Gettis, Eric Guthrie, James Morris, Tyler Nielsen, Shaun Prater, Markus Zusevics; Michigan: Kenny Demens, J.T. Floyd, Kevin Koger, Jordan Kovacs, Taylor Lewan, Craig Roh, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Ryan Van Bergen; Michigan State: Le'Veon Bell, Max Bullough, Dan Conroy, Kirk Cousins, Darqueze Dennard, Brian Linthicum, Chris McDonald, Chris Norman, Kevin Pickelman, Marcus Rush; Minnesota: Chris Bunders, Kim Royston; Nebraska: Mike Caputo, Austin Cassidy, Will Compton, Ben Cotton, Marcel Jones, Cameron Meredith, Daimion Stafford, Baker Steinkuhler; Northwestern: Kain Colter, Jordan Mabin, Brian Mulroe, Al Netter, Dan Persa; Ohio State: C.J. Barnett, Mike Brewster, Johnathan Hankins, Jack Mewhort, Tyler Moeller, Andrew Norwell, Jake Stoneburner, Andrew Sweat; Penn State: Drew Astorino, Quinn Barham, Jack Crawford, Jordan Hill, D'Anton Lynn, Chima Okoli, Chaz Powell, Nate Stupar, Johnnie Troutman; Purdue: Ricardo Allen, Dwayne Beckford, Joe Holland, Dennis Kelly, Carson Wiggs; Wisconsin: Jared Abbrederis, Patrick Butrym, Aaron Henry, Brad Nortman, Nick Toon, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch.

National Award Winners[edit]

First Team All-Americans[edit]

There are many outlets that award All-America honors in football. The NCAA uses five official selectors to also determine Consensus and Unanimous All-America honors. The five teams used by the NCAA to compile the consensus team are from the Associated Press, the AFCA, the FWAA, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. A point system is used to calculate the consensus honors. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and three points for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation.

The teams are compiled by position and the player accumulating the most points at each position is named a Consensus All-American. If there is a tie at a position in football for first team then the players who are tied shall be named to the team. A player named first-team by all five of the NCAA-recognized selectors is recognized as a Unanimous All-American. [4]

Player School Position Selector Consensus/Unanimous
Montee Ball Wisconsin RB AFCA, FWAA, AP, Sporting News, CBS Sports, ESPN, Scout.com, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports Consensus
Jay Prosch Illinois FB Pro Football Weekly  
Riley Reiff Iowa OT Pro Football Weekly  
Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin OG AFCA, AP, Pro Football Weekly Consensus
Peter Konz Wisconsin C AFCA, CBS Sports, Pro Football Weekly  
David Molk Michigan C AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, Scout.com Consensus
Whitney Mercilus Illinois DE AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, ESPN, Scout.com, Yahoo! Sports Unanimous
Devon Still Penn State DT AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, ESPN, Pro Football Weekly, Scout.com, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports Consensus
Jerel Worthy Michigan State DT AFCA, AP, Sporting News, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, Scout.com, Yahoo! Sports Consensus
Lavonte David Nebraska LB AFCA, CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports  
Brett Maher Nebraska PK Yahoo! Sports  

Academic All-American[edit]

The Big Ten led all conferences with 7 Academic All-America selections: 1st team - Rex Burkhead (Nebraska), Austin Cassidy (Nebraska), Patrick Ward (Northwestern) and Joe Holland (Purdue); 2nd team - Mike Sadler (Michigan State), Sean Fisher (Nebraska) and Jacob Schmidt (Northwestern). Cassidy was one of four repeat first-team winners, while Holland was a 2010 second-team selection.[5]

Bowl games[edit]

Big Ten Bowl Games
No. Game Date Location/Time* Television Big Ten Team+ Score Opponent+ Score Payout (US$) per team
1. Little Caesars Bowl Dec. 27, 2011 Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
4:30 pm
ESPN Purdue (6–6) 37 Western Michigan (7–5) 32 $750,000
2. Insight Bowl Dec. 30, 2011 Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
10:00 pm
ESPN Iowa (7–5) 14 #19 Oklahoma (9–3) 31 $1,200,000
3. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Dec. 31, 2011 Reliant Stadium
Houston Texas
12:00 pm
ESPN Northwestern (6–6) 22 Texas A&M (6–6) 33 $1,700,000
4. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Dec. 31, 2011 AT&T Park
San Francisco, California
3:30 pm
ESPN Illinois (6–6) 20 UCLA (6–7) 14 $750,000-$825,000
5. TicketCity Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
12:00 pm
ESPNU #24 Penn State (9–3) 14 #20 Houston (12–1) 30 $1,200,000
6. Outback Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
1:00 pm
ABC #12 Michigan State (10–3) 33 #18 Georgia (10–3) 30 $3,400,000
7. Capital One Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
1:00 pm
ESPN #21 Nebraska (9–3) 13 #10 South Carolina (10–2) 30 $4,250,000
8. TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida
1:00 pm
ESPN2 Ohio State (6–6) 17 Florida (6–6) 24 $2,500,000
9. Rose Bowl Jan. 2, 2012 Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
5:10 pm
ESPN #9 Wisconsin (11–2) 38 #6 Oregon (11–2) 45 $18,000,000
10. Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 3, 2012 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:30 pm
ESPN #13 Michigan (10–2) 23 #17 Virginia Tech (11–2) 20 $17,000,000
*Time given is Eastern Time (UTC-5).
+Winning team is bolded.
Rankings are AP.

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

The conference lost 4 players in the first round of the NFL Draft:[6] A total of 41 Big Ten players were drafted.[7]

Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Total
Illinois 2 2 4
Indiana 0
Iowa 1 1 1 2 1 1 7
Michigan 1 2 3
Michigan State 2 2 1 5
Minnesota 0
Nebraska 1 1 2 4
Northwestern 2 2
Ohio State 1 1 2 4
Penn State 1 2 1 4
Purdue 1 1 2
Wisconsin 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 23 Detroit Lions Reiff, RileyRiley Reiff  OT Iowa Big Ten
1 26 Houston Texans Mercilus, WhitneyWhitney Mercilus  DE Illinois Big Ten
1 27 Cincinnati Bengals Zeitler, KevinKevin Zeitler  G Wisconsin Big Ten from New Orleans via New England [R1 - 1]
1 30 San Francisco 49ers Jenkins, A. J.A. J. Jenkins  WR Illinois Big Ten
2 44 Kansas City Chiefs Allen, JeffJeff Allen  G Illinois Big Ten
2 48 New England Patriots Wilson, TavonTavon Wilson  S Illinois Big Ten from Oakland[R2 - 1]
2 51 Green Bay Packers Worthy, JerelJerel Worthy  DT Michigan State Big Ten from Arizona via Philadelphia[R2 - 2]
2 53 Cincinnati Bengals Still, DevonDevon Still  DT Penn State Big Ten
2 55 Atlanta Falcons Konz, PeterPeter Konz  C Wisconsin Big Ten
2 56 Pittsburgh Steelers Adams, MikeMike Adams  OT Ohio State Big Ten
2 58 Tampa Bay Buccaneers David, LavonteLavonte David  LB Nebraska Big Ten from Houston
3 68 Houston Texans Posey, DeVierDeVier Posey  WR Ohio State Big Ten from Tampa Bay
3 75 Seattle Seahawks Wilson, RussellRussell Wilson  QB Wisconsin Big Ten
3 82 Tennessee Titans Martin, MikeMike Martin  DT Michigan Big Ten
4 102 Washington Redskins Cousins, KirkKirk Cousins  QB Michigan State Big Ten
4 121 Houston Texans Martin, KeshawnKeshawn Martin  WR Michigan State Big Ten
4 122 New Orleans Saints Toon, NickNick Toon  WR Wisconsin Big Ten
4 126 Houston Texans Crick, JaredJared Crick  DE Nebraska Big Ten from New England via Denver and Tampa Bay[R4 - 1]
4* 132 Green Bay Packers Daniels, MikeMike Daniels  DT Iowa Big Ten
5 141 Washington Redskins Gettis, AdamAdam Gettis  G Iowa Big Ten
5 149 San Diego Chargers Troutman, JohnnieJohnnie Troutman  G Penn State Big Ten
5 153 Philadelphia Eagles Kelly, DennisDennis Kelly  OT Purdue Big Ten
5 156 Cincinnati Bengals Prater, ShaunShaun Prater  CB Iowa Big Ten
5 157 Atlanta Falcons Ewing, BradieBradie Ewing  FB Wisconsin Big Ten
5 158 Oakland Raiders Crawford, JackJack Crawford  DE Penn State Big Ten
6 180 San Francisco 49ers Robinson, TrentonTrenton Robinson  S Michigan State Big Ten from Carolina
6 183 Miami Dolphins Cunningham, B.J.B.J. Cunningham  WR Michigan State Big Ten from San Diego
6 191 Cincinnati Bengals Herron, DanDan Herron  RB Ohio State Big Ten
6 194 Philadelphia Eagles McNutt, MarvinMarvin McNutt  WR Iowa Big Ten from Denver[R6 - 1]
6 195 Houston Texans Mondek, NickNick Mondek  OT Purdue Big Ten
6* 207 Carolina Panthers Nortman, BradBrad Nortman  P Wisconsin Big Ten
7 217 Washington Redskins Bernstine, JordanJordan Bernstine  CB Iowa Big Ten from Buffalo
7 224 New England Patriots Dennard, AlfonzoAlfonzo Dennard  CB Nebraska Big Ten from New York Jets[R7 - 1]
7 226 San Diego Chargers Molk, DavidDavid Molk  C Michigan Big Ten
7 230 Detroit Lions Stupar, NathanNathan Stupar  OLB Penn State Big Ten
7 233 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dunsmore, DrakeDrake Dunsmore  TE Northwestern University Big Ten from Houston
7 234 New Orleans Saints Jones, MarcelMarcel Jones  OT Nebraska Big Ten
7 235 New England Patriots Ebert, JeremyJeremy Ebert  WR Northwestern University Big Ten
7 238 Kansas City Chiefs Hemingway, JuniorJunior Hemingway  WR Michigan Big Ten from New England[R7 - 2]
7* 250 San Diego Chargers Baker, EdwinEdwin Baker  RB Michigan State Big Ten

Head coaches[edit]

Joe Paterno was fired as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 9 in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[8]

Notes[edit]

  • July 28–29, 2011 – Media Days in Chicago.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (December 13, 2010). "Big Ten divisions: Legends, Leaders". ESPN College Football. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Big Ten spring dates update
  3. ^ All-Big Ten Honors
  4. ^ NCAA Consensus All-America selection
  5. ^ "Big Ten Leads All Conferences With Seven Academic All-Americans: Big Ten Tops All FBS Conferences in Honorees for Seventh Straight Season". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Brian (2012-04-27). "Illinois leads late arriving B1G first round". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  7. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Central". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  8. ^ "Paterno fired over Penn St. child abuse scandal". CBS News. November 9, 2011. 
  1. ^ No. 27: multiple trades:
            No. 27: New Orleans → New England (PD). New Orleans traded this selection and their 2011 second-round selection (No. 56, New England selected Shane Vereen) to New England for New England's first-round selection in the 2011 Draft (No. 28, New Orleans selected Mark Ingram).[source 1]
           No. 27: New England → Cincinnati (D). see No. 21: Cincinnati → New England.[citation needed]
  1. ^ No. 48: Oakland → New England (PD). Oakland traded this selection and a 2011 seventh-round selection (No. 219, New England selected Malcolm Williams) to New England for New England's third- and fourth-round selections in 2011 (Nos. 92 and 125, Oakland selected Joseph Barksdale and Taiwan Jones, respectively).[source 2]
  2. ^ No. 51: Arizona → Philadelphia (PD). Arizona traded this selection and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for QB Kevin Kolb.[source 3]
  1. ^ No. 126: multiple trades:
            No. 126: New England → Denver (D). see No. 25: Denver → New England.
            No. 126: Denver → Tampa Bay (D). see No. 31: Denver → Tampa Bay.
  1. ^ No. 194: Denver → Philadelphia (PD). Denver traded this selection to Philadelphia for linebacker Joe Mays. Denver originally sent running back J. J. Arrington to Philadelphia, with the condition that if Arrington did not make Philadelphia's 53-man roster, Denver would instead send the sixth-round selection.[source 4]
  1. ^ No. 224: New York Jets → Green Bay (PD). The Jets traded this selection to Green Bay in exchange for guard Caleb Schlauderaff.[source 5]
  2. ^ No. 238: New England → Kansas City (PD). New England traded this conditional selection to Kansas City for safety Jarrad Page.[source 6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Reiss, Mike (April 28, 2011). "Patriots trade 28th pick to Saints". ESPN. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ PFW Staff (April 29, 2011). "Patriots make third trade; get Raiders' '12 second-round pick". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ McLane, Jeff (July 28, 2011). "Kolb-for-Rodgers-Cromartie trade done". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eagles trade Mays for RB or draft pick". ESPN. July 30, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Silverstein, Tom (September 3, 2011). "Packers trade Johnson, Schlauderaff for draft picks". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Reiss, Mike (September 4, 2010). "Patriots trade for safety Jarrad Page". ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010.