2012 Big Ten Conference football season

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2012 Big Ten Conference football season
Big Ten Conference logo (2012).svg
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration August 31, 2012
through January 2013
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Inc., Big Ten Network, FOX (championship game)
2013 NFL Draft
Top draft pick Travis Frederick (Wisconsin)
Picked by Dallas Cowboys, 31st overall
Regular Season
Season MVP Braxton Miller
Top scorer Montee Ball (132 points)
Carlos Hyde (10.20 ppg)
Leaders Division champions Ohio State
Legends Division champions Nebraska
Championship Game
Champions Wisconsin Badgers
  Runners-up Nebraska
Championship Game MVP Montee Ball
Football seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#25 Nebraska xy   7 1         10 4  
#24 Michigan   6 2         8 5  
#17 Northwestern   5 3         10 3  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Iowa   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Leaders
#3 Ohio State* x   8 0         12 0  
Penn State*   6 2         8 4  
Wisconsin y   4 4         8 6  
Purdue   3 5         6 7  
Indiana   2 6         4 8  
Illinois   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll
Stanford defeated Wisconsin 20–14 in the 2013 Rose Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Pasadena, CA

The 2012 Big Ten Conference football season was the 117th season for the Big Ten. The conference began its season on Saturday, September 1, as each of the conference’s teams began their respective 2012 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition. This was the league's second season with a divisional format and a championship game.

Rankings[edit]

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Illinois AP
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Indiana AP
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BCS Not released
Iowa AP
C
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Michigan AP 8 19 17 18 RV RV 25 23 20 RV RV 23 20 21 19 24
C 8 19 18 17 RV RV RV 25 20 RV RV 23 20 24 22 RV
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BCS Not released 22 21 19 19 18
Michigan State AP 13 11 10 21 20 RV RV
C 13 11 10 20 18 RV RV RV
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Minnesota AP
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Nebraska AP 17 16 RV 25 22 21 RV RV RV 21 18 16 17 14 23 25
C 16 14 24 22 20 20 RV RV RV 21 16 14 14 13 21 23
Harris Not released RV RV RV 21 16 14 14 13 18
BCS Not released 20 16 14 14 12 16
Northwestern AP RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 21 17
C RV RV RV RV 22 RV RV RV RV 21 RV RV 20 17 16
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BCS Not released 24 22 20
Ohio State AP 18 14 12 16 14 12 8 7 9 6 5 6 4 4 3 3
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Penn State AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
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Purdue AP RV RV
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Legend
    Improvement in ranking
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  Not ranked previous week
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RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll

Spring games[edit]

April 14

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska (canceled)
  • Northwestern
  • Purdue

April 21

  • Minnesota
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State

April 28

  • Michigan State
  • Wisconsin

Schedule[edit]

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

All times Eastern time.

Rankings = AP / Coaches.

Week 1[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:00 PM Minnesota UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumLas Vegas, NV CBS Sports Network W 30–27 3OT  16,013
August 31 8:00 PM #24 Boise State #13 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN W 17–13   78,709
September 1 12:00 PM Western Michigan Illinois Memorial StadiumSyracuse, NY ESPN2 W 24–7   43,441
September 1 12:00 PM Northwestern Syracuse Carrier DomeChampaign, IL ESPNU W 42–41   37,830
September 1 12:00 PM Ohio Penn State Beaver StadiumState College, PA ESPN L 14–24   97,186
September 1 12:00 PM Miami (OH) #18 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN W 56–10   105,039
September 1 3:30 PM Iowa Northern Illinois Soldier FieldChicago, IL ESPNU W 18–17   52,117
September 1 3:30 PM Southern Mississippi #17 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC / ESPN2 W 49–20   85,425
September 1 3:30 PM Eastern Kentucky Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 48–6   40,572
September 1 3:30 PM Northern Iowa #12 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 26–21   79,568
September 1 8:00 PM #8 Michigan #2 Alabama Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX ABC L 14–41   90,413
September 1 8:00 PM Indiana State Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 24–17   41,882
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 2[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance
September 8 12:00 p.m. New Hampshire Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 44-7 47,022
September 8 12:00 p.m. Penn State Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ABC L 16-17 56,087
September 8 12:00 p.m. Central Florida #14 / NR Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 W 31-16 104,745
September 8 3:30 p.m. Air Force #19 / #19 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC / ESPN2 W 31-25 112,522
September 8 3:30 p.m. Indiana Massachusetts Gillette StadiumFoxborogh, MA ESPN3 W 45-6 16,304
September 8 3:30 p.m. Iowa State Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 6-9 70,585
September 8 3:30 p.m. #11 / #11 Michigan State Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI ESPNU W 41-7 35,127
September 8 3:30 p.m. Purdue #22 / #22 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC L 17-20 80,795
September 8 4:00 p.m. #13 / #13 Wisconsin Oregon State Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FX L 7-10 42,189
September 8 7:30 p.m. #16 / #14 Nebraska #22 / #23 UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA FOX L 30-36 71,530
September 8 8:00 p.m. Vanderbilt Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 23-13 31,644
September 8 10:30 p.m. Illinois Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN L 14-45 54,128

Week 3[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance
September 15 12:00 p.m. Arkansas State NR / #24 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN2 W 42-13 85,290
September 15 12:00 p.m. California #12 / NR Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 35-28 105,232
September 15 12:00 p.m. Charleston Southern Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 44-0 45,369
September 15 12:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 54-16 40,217
September 15 12:00 p.m. Western Michigan Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 28-23 44,921
September 15 3:30 p.m. Boston College Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 22-13 32,597
September 15 3:30 p.m. Massachusetts #17 / #18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 63-13 110,708
September 15 3:30 p.m. Navy Penn State Beaver StadiumState College, PA ABC / ESPN2 W 34-7 98,792
September 15 3:30 p.m. Northern Iowa Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 27-16 70,585
September 15 8:00 p.m. Ball State Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN L 39-41 48,186
September 15 8:00 p.m. #20 / #19 Notre Dame #10 / #10 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC L 3-20 79,219
September 15 8:00 p.m. Utah State NR / #22 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 16-14 79,332

Week 4[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Broadcast Result Attendance
September 22 12:00 p.m. Central Michigan Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 31-32 70,585
September 22 12:00 p.m. Alabama-Birmingham #16 / NR Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN W 29-15 105,019
September 22 12:00 p.m. Texas-El Paso NR / #24 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 W 37-26 79,806
September 22 3:30 p.m. Eastern Michigan #21 / #20 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN W 23-7 74,204
September 22 3:30 p.m. Idaho State #25 / #22 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 73-7 84,923
September 22 3:30 p.m. South Dakota Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 38-7 28,641
September 22 3:30 p.m. Temple Penn State Beaver StadiumState College, PA ABC / ESPN2 W 24-13 93,680
September 22 7:30 p.m. #18 / #17 Michigan #11 / #15 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC L 6-13 80,795
September 22 8:00 p.m. Louisiana Tech Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 17-52 46,539
September 22 8:00 p.m. Syracuse Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 17-10 50,805
Date Bye Week Bye Week
September 22 Indiana Purdue

Week 5[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 12:00 PM Indiana Northwestern Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN  NW 44–29   33,129
September 29 12:00 PM Minnesota Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2  Iowa 31–13   70,585
September 29 12:00 PM Penn State Illinois Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPN  PSU 35–7   46,734
September 29 3:30 PM Marshall Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN BTN W 51–41   45,481
September 29 3:30 PM #14 Ohio State #20 Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC  OSU 17–16   76,705
September 29 8:00 PM Wisconsin #22 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC  NEB 30–27   85,962
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
September 29 Michigan

Week 6[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 6 12:00 PM Michigan State Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) BTN  MSU 31–27   45,979
October 6 12:00 PM #24 Northwestern Penn State Beaver Stadium • Happy Valley, PA ESPN  PSU 39–28   95,769
October 6 3:30 PM Illinois Wisconsin Camp Randall • Madison, WI ABC / ESPN2  WIS 31–14   80,096
October 6 4:00 PM Michigan Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN BTN  MICH 44–13   50,105
October 6 8:00 PM #21 Nebraska #12 Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC  OSU 63–38   106,102
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week Bye Week
October 6 Iowa Minnesota

Week 7[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 13 12:00 PM Iowa Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN  Iowa 19–16 2OT  70,211
October 13 12:00 PM Northwestern Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN ESPN2  NW 21–13   49,651
October 13 12:00 PM Wisconsin Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN BTN  WIS 38–14   46,007
October 13 3:30 PM Illinois #25 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC  MICH 45–0   110,992
October 13 8:00 PM #8 Ohio State Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN BTN  OSU 52–49   48,880
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week Bye Week
October 13 Nebraska Penn State

Week 8[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 20 12:00 PM Minnesota Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPNU  WIS 38–13   80,587
October 20 12:00 PM Purdue #7 Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC / ESPN2  OSU 29–22 OT  105,290
October 20 3:30 PM Indiana Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBS Sports Network L 31–30   33,441
October 20 3:30 PM Michigan State #23 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) BTN  MICH 12–10   113,833
October 20 3:30 PM Nebraska Northwestern Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC / ESPN2  NEB 29–28   47,330
October 20 8:00 PM Penn State Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA BTN  PSU 38–14   70,585
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 20 Illinois

Week 9[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 27 12:00 PM Indiana Illinois Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN  IND 31–17   47,981
October 27 12:00 PM Iowa Northwestern Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2  NW 28–17   44,121
October 27 3:30 PM Michigan State Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC / ESPN2  MSU 16–13 OT  80,538
October 27 3:30 PM Purdue Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN  MN 44–28   41,062
October 27 5:30 PM Ohio State Penn State Beaver Stadium • State College, PA (Ohio State-Penn State football rivalry) ESPN  OSU 35–23   107,818
October 27 8:00 PM Michigan Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPN2  NEB 23–9   86,160
#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 3 12:00 p.m. Michigan Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) BTN  MICH 35–13   48,801
November 3 3:30 p.m. Illinois #6 Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illinois-Ohio State football rivalry) ESPN  OSU 52–22   105,311
November 3 3:30 p.m. Iowa Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN BTN  IND 24–21   40,646
November 3 3:30 p.m. #21 Nebraska Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC / ESPN2  NEB 28–24   73,522
November 3 3:30 p.m. Penn State Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette ESPNU  PSU 34–9   40,098
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week Bye Week
November 3 Northwestern Wisconsin

Week 11[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 10 12:00 p.m. Northwestern Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN  MICH 38–31 OT  112,510
November 10 12:00 p.m. Wisconsin Indiana Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN ESPN2  WIS 62–14   43,240
November 10 12:00 p.m. Purdue Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa BTN  PUR 27–24   70,585
November 10 3:30 p.m. Minnesota Illinois Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN  MINN 17–3   46,912
November 10 3:30 p.m. Penn State #18 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC / ESPN2  NEB 32–23   85,527
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week Bye Week
November 10 Michigan State Ohio State

Week 12[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 17 12:00 p.m. Indiana Penn State Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA BTN  PSU 45–22   90,358
November 17 12:00 p.m. Iowa #23 Michigan Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN  MICH 42–17   113,016
November 17 12:00 p.m. Northwestern Michigan State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2  NW 23–20   75,101
November 17 3:30 p.m. Minnesota #16 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE BTN  NEB 38–14   85,330
November 17 3:30 p.m. #6 Ohio State Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC / ESPN2  OSU 21–14 OT  80,112
November 17 3:30 p.m. Purdue Illinois Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Purdue Cannon) BTN  PUR 20–17   41,974
#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 23 12:00 PM #17 Nebraska Iowa Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Heroes Game) ABC  NEB 13–7   69,805
November 24 12:00 PM #20 Michigan #4 Ohio State Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC  OSU 26–21   105,889
November 24 12:00 p.m. Illinois Northwestern Ryan Field • Evanston, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) BTN  NW 50–14   32,415
November 24 12:00 p.m. Indiana Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette (Old Oaken Bucket) BTN  PUR 56–35   42,638
November 24 3:30 p.m. Michigan State Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium • Minneapolis, MN BTN  MSU 26–10   44,194
November 24 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin Penn State Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN2  PSU 24–21 OT  93,505
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 14 - Big Ten Championship Game[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 1 8:00 p.m. #14 Nebraska Wisconsin Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (2012 Big Ten Championship) FOX  WIS 70–31   41,260
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Homecoming games[edit]

September 29

  • Minnesota @ Iowa (Iowa's record in homecoming games is 54-41-5)[1]
  • Wisconsin @ Nebraska 7 pm CT ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2 (Nebraska's record in homecoming games is 75-22-4)[2]

October 6

  • Michigan State @ Indiana (Indiana's record in homecoming games is 44-49-6)[3]
  • Nebraska @ Ohio State 8 pm ET ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2[4]
  • Northwestern @ Penn State (Penn State's record in homecoming games is 66-21-5)[5]

October 13

  • Illinois @ Michigan (Michigan's record in homecoming games is 84-27)[6]
  • Iowa @ Michigan State (Michigan State's record in homecoming games is 63-30-3)[7]
  • Northwestern @ Minnesota[8]
  • Wisconsin @ Purdue (Purdue's record in homecoming games is 50-35-4)[9]

October 27

  • Indiana @ Illinois (Illinois' record in homecoming games is 44-55-2)[10]
  • Iowa @ Northwestern[11]
  • Michigan State @ Wisconsin[12]

Bowl games[edit]

The Big Ten has agreements with the following bowls:

Bowl Game Date Site Television Time (EST) Visiting Team Home Team Score Attendance
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas December 28 Reliant StadiumHouston, TX ESPN 9:00 p.m. Minnesota Texas Tech L 31–34 50,386
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl December 29 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN 10:15 p.m. Texas Christian Michigan State W 17–16 44,617
Gator Bowl January 1 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL ESPN2 12:00 p.m. Mississippi State #21 Northwestern W 34–20 48,612
Heart of Dallas Bowl January 1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX ESPNU 12:00 p.m. Purdue Oklahoma State L 14–58 48,313
Outback Bowl January 1 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN 1:00 p.m. #11 South Carolina #19 Michigan L 28–33 54,527
Capital One Bowl January 1 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL ABC 1:00 p.m. #6 Georgia #23 Nebraska L 31–45 59,712
Rose Bowl January 1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ESPN 5:00 p.m. Wisconsin #8 Stanford L 14–20 93,359

Two name changes for Big Ten bowls this year. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is formerly known as the Insight Bowl and the Heart of Dallas Bowl is formerly known as the TicketCity Bowl.

With only seven bowl eligible teams, the Big Ten is unable to place a team in the eighth bowl game they are contracted with, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Total
Illinois 1 1 1 1 4
Indiana
Iowa 1 1
Michigan 1 1 2
Michigan State 1 2 3
Minnesota
Nebraska 1 1 2
Northwestern
Ohio State 1 1 1 3
Penn State 1 1 1 1 4
Purdue 1 1
Wisconsin 1 1 1 3
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 31 Dallas Cowboys Frederick, TravisTravis Frederick  C Wisconsin Big Ten from San Francisco
2 44 Carolina Panthers Short, KawannKawann Short  DT Purdue Big Ten
2 48 Pittsburgh Steelers Bell, Le'VeonLe'Veon Bell  RB Michigan State Big Ten
2 49 New York Giants Hankins, JohnathanJohnathan Hankins  DT Ohio State Big Ten
2 58 Denver Broncos Ball, MonteeMontee Ball  RB Wisconsin Big Ten
3 86 Indianapolis Colts Thornton, HughHugh Thornton  G Illinois Big Ten
3 87 Seattle Seahawks Hill, JordanJordan Hill  DT Penn State Big Ten


4 100 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Spence, AkeemAkeem Spence  DT Illinois Big Ten from Oakland


4 106 Miami Dolphins Sims, DionDion Sims  TE Michigan State Big Ten from New Orleans via New York[13]
4 120 Minnesota Vikings Hodges, GeraldGerald Hodges  LB Penn State Big Ten
4 126 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gholston, WilliamWilliam Gholston  DE Michigan State Big Ten from New England[15]
4 129 Baltimore Ravens Simon, JohnJohn Simon  DE Ohio State Big Ten
5 135 Jacksonville Jaguars Robinson, DenardDenard Robinson  WR Michigan Big Ten


5 150 Pittsburgh Steelers Hawthorne, TerryTerry Hawthorne  CB Illinois Big Ten
5 159 Green Bay Packers Hyde, MicahMicah Hyde  CB Iowa Big Ten
5* 168 Baltimore Ravens Wagner, RickyRicky Wagner  OT Wisconsin Big Ten
6 178 New York Jets Campbell, WilliamWilliam Campbell  G Michigan Big Ten
6 186 Pittsburgh Steelers Brown, JustinJustin Brown  WR Penn State Big Ten
6 190 Cincinnati Bengals Burkhead, RexRex Burkhead  RB Nebraska Big Ten
7 213 Minnesota Vikings Mauti, MichaelMichael Mauti  LB Penn State Big Ten from Arizona[R7 - 1]
7 226 New England Patriots Buchanan, MichaelMichael Buchanan  DE Illinois Big Ten from Chicago via Tampa Bay[R7 - 2]
7* 240 Cincinnati Bengals Fragel, ReidReid Fragel  OT Ohio State Big Ten
7* 248 Tennessee Titans Stafford, DaimionDaimion Stafford  S Nebraska Big Ten

Records against FBS conferences[edit]

2012 records against FBS conferences:

Through January 1, 2013

Conference Record
ACC (1-1)
Big East (3-0)
Big 12 (1-3)
C-USA (5-0)
Independents (1-4)
MAC (9-3)
Mountain West (3-0)
Pac-12 (1-4)
SEC (2-3)
Sun Belt (1-0)
WAC (1-1)
TOTAL (28-19)

Players of the week[edit]

Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams Freshman
Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team
Sept. 3 Le'Veon Bell RB MSU Derrick Wells DB MINN Mike Myer PK Iowa Frankie Williams DB PUR
Taylor Martinez QB NEB Venric Mark PR/KR NW
Sept. 10 Denard Robinson QB MICH Chi Chi Ariguzo LB NW Cody Webster P PUR Devin Funchess TE MICH
Sept. 17 Braxton Miller QB OSU Michael Mauti LB PSU Jeff Budzien PK NW Nate Sudfeld QB IND
Deion Barnes DE PSU
Sept. 24 Le'Veon Bell RB MSU Chris Borland LB WIS Ameer Abdullah PR NEB Imani Cross RB NEB
Oct. 1 Taylor Martinez QB NEB Michael Mauti LB PSU Brett Maher PK/P NEB Mason Monheim LB ILL
Kain Colter QB NW
Oct. 8 Denard Robinson QB MICH Gerald Hodges LB PSU Corey Brown PR OSU Aaron Burbridge WR MSU
Carlos Hyde RB OSU
Oct. 15 Montee Ball RB WIS Jake Ryan LB MICH Mike Myer PK Iowa Nick VanHoose CB NW
Oct. 22 Taylor Martinez QB NEB Jordan Hill DT PSU Brendan Gibbons PK MICH Kyle Carter TE PSU
Oct. 29 Kain Colter QB NW Ryan Shazier LB OSU Brett Maher PK/P NEB Philip Nelson QB MIN
Michael Carter DB MIN David Santos LB NEB
Nov. 5 Cody Latimer WR IND Ryan Shazier LB OSU Mike Sadler P MSU Bri'onte Dunn RB OSU
Taylor Martinez QB NEB
Nov. 12 Devin Gardner QB MICH Kawaan Short DT PUR Brett Maher P/PK NEB Mason Monheim LB ILL
Montee Ball RB WIS
Nov. 19 Devin Gardner QB MICH John Simon DE OSU Corey Brown PR OSU James Ross LB MICH
Matt McGloin QB PSU Dan Vitale SB NW
Nov. 26 Le'Veon Bell RB MSU Jordan Hill DT PSU Sam Ficken PK PSU Frankie Williams DB PUR
Robert Mavre QB PUR

Players of the Year[edit]

Award Player School
Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller Ohio State
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year John Simon Ohio State
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year Deion Barnes Penn State
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller Ohio State
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Allen Robinson Penn State
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Montee Ball Wisconsin
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Taylor Lewan Michigan
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year John Simon Ohio State
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Michael Mauti Penn State
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Micah Hyde Iowa
Bakken-Andersen Co-Kicker of the Year Brett Maher Nebraska
Bakken-Andersen Co-Kicker of the Year Jeff Budzien Northwestern
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year Will Hagerup Michigan
Dave McClain/Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year Bill O'Brien Penn State

All-Conference Players[edit]

Coaches All-Conference Selections [17]

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois: Akeem Spence; Indiana: Ted Bolser, Dan Feeney, Cody Latimer, Jason Spriggs; Iowa: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Anthony Hitchens, Mike Meyer, Matt Tobin; Michigan: J.T. Floyd, Jeremy Gallon, Brendan Gibbons, Will Hagerup, Roy Roundtree, Jake Ryan; Michigan State: Denicos Allen, William Gholston, Isaiah Lewis, Chris McDonald, Marcus Rush; Minnesota: Michael Carter; Nebraska: Ben Cotton, Ciante Evans, Justin Jackson, P.J. Smith; Northwestern: Ibraheim Campbell, Brian Mulroe, Tyler Scott, Patrick Ward; Ohio State: C.J. Barnett, Travis Howard, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell; Penn State: Adrian Amos, Deion Barnes, Kyle Carter, Mike Farrell, Matt McGloin, Stephon Morris; Purdue: Antavian Edison, Josh Johnson, Cody Webster; Wisconsin: Beau Allen, Marcus Cromartie, Travis Frederick, David Gilbert, Ethan Hemer, Drew Meyer, Devin Smith, Dezmen Southward, Mike Taylor

There was a tie among the Coaches for the Offensive Guard honor, so three players received the first team honor and only one on the second team. Coaches also selected three second-team running backs and three second-team defensive linemen.

Media All-Conference Selections

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois: Jonathan Brown, Michael Buchanan, Terry Hawthorne, Graham Pocic, Akeem Spence, Hugh Thornton; Indiana: Ted Bolser, Mitch Ewald, Dan Feeney, Greg Heban, Will Matte, Jason Spriggs, Shane Wynn; Iowa: C.J. Fiedorowicz, James Ferentz, Joe Gaglione, Anthony Hitchens, Mike Meyer, James Morris; Michigan: William Campbell, J.T. Floyd, Devin Funchess, Jeremy Gallon, Brendan Gibbons, Jordan Kovacs, Patrick Omameh, Denard Robinson, Craig Roh, Roy Roundtree; Michigan State: Denicos Allen, Isaiah Lewis, Chris McDonald, Marcus Rush; Minnesota: Michael Carter, Ra'Shede Hageman, Troy Stoudermire; Nebraska: Ameer Abdullah, Will Compton, Ben Cotton, Ciante Evans, Justin Jackson, Brett Maher (punter), Kyler Reed, P.J. Smith, Baker Steinkuhler; Northwestern: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Ibraheim Campbell, Kain Colter, David Nwabuisi, Damien Proby, Tyler Scott, Patrick Ward; Ohio State: C.J. Barnett, Corey Brown, Christian Bryant, Reid Fragel, Corey Linsley, Etienne Sabino; Penn State: Adrian Amos, Deion Barnes, Mike Farrell, Matt McGloin, Stephon Morris, Sean Stanley, Zach Zwinak; Purdue: Ricardo Allen, Antavian Edison, Landon Feichter, Cody Webster; Wisconsin: Beau Allen, Chris Borland, Marcus Cromartie, David Gilbet, Ryan Groy, Drew Meyer, Jacob Pedersen, Dezmen Southward

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. [18]

Player School Position Selector Consensus/Unanimous
Montee Ball Wisconsin RB AFCA, Walter Camp, AP, ESPN, Pro Football Weekly Consensus
Taylor Lewan Michigan OL Walter Camp, AP, ESPN, Sports Illustrated  
Travis Frederick Wisconsin OL Pro Football Weekly  
Johnathan Hankins Ohio State DL Scout.com  
Venric Mark Northwestern PR Sporting News, FWAA, CBS Sports  
Michael Mauti Penn State LB ESPN  
Bradley Roby Ohio State CB ESPN  

Academic All-Americans[edit]

The following players were first team Academic All-Americans: Rex Burkhead (NEB), Patrick Ward (NW), and Pete Massaro (PSU) all repeated from the 2011 first team. John Urschel (PSU) and Adam Replogle (IND) were also first team selections.[19]

National Award Winners[edit]

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 43,441 45,369 46,539 46,734 47,981 46,912 41,974 318,950 45,564 75.1%
Indiana Memorial Stadium 52,929 41,882 48,186 45,979 48,880 40,646 43,240 268,813 44,802 84.6%
Iowa Kinnick Stadium 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 70,585 69,805 493,315 70,473 99.8%
Michigan Michigan Stadium 109,901 112,522 110,708 110,922 113,833 112,510 113,016 673,511 112,251 102.1%
Michigan State Spartan Stadium 75,005 78,709 79,219 74,204 76,705 70,211 73,522 75,101 527,671 75,381 100.5%
Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium 50,805 47,022 44,921 50,805 49,651 41,062 48,801 44,194 326,456 46,636 91.8%
Nebraska Memorial Stadium 81,067 85,425 85,290 84,923 85,962 86,160 85,527 85,330 598,617 85,517 105.5%
Northwestern Ryan Field 47,130 31,644 32,597 28,641 33,129 47,330 44,121 32,415 249,877 35,696 75.7%
Ohio State Ohio Stadium 102,329 105,039 104,745 105,232 105,019 106,102 105,290 105,311 105,899 842,637 105,329 102.9%
Penn State Beaver Stadium 106,572 97,186 98,792 93,680 95,769 107,818 90,358 93,505 676,308 96,615 90.6%
Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium 62,500 40,572 40,217 45,481 50,105 46,007 40,098 42,638 305,118 43,588 69.7%
Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium 80,321 79,568 79,332 79,806 80,096 80,587 80,538 80,112 560,039 80,005 99.6%

Head coaches[edit]

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  2. ^ No. 226: multiple trades:
           No. 226: Chicago → Tampa Bay (PD). Chicago traded this selection to Tampa Bay in exchange for defensive tackle Brian Price.[16]
           No. 226: Tampa Bay → New England (PD). see No. 126: New England → Tampa Bay.[14]
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  18. ^ NCAA Consensus All-America selection
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