List of Big Ten Conference football champions

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This is a list of yearly Big Ten Conference football champions. Co-champions are listed in alphabetical order.

Champions by year[edit]

Record Ranking
Year Champions Conference Overall AP Coaches' Bowl result Head coach
1896 Wisconsin 2–0–1 7–1–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Philip King
1897 Wisconsin 3–0 9–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Philip King
1898 Michigan 3–0 10–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Gustave Ferbert
1899 Chicago 4–0 16–0–2 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1900 Iowa 2–0–1 7–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Alden Knipe
Minnesota 3–0–1 10–0–2 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1901 Michigan* 4–0 11–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 W Rose Bowl 49–0 vs. Stanford Fielding H. Yost
Wisconsin 2–0 9–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Philip King
1902 Michigan* 5–0 11–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
1903 Michigan* 3–0–1 11–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
Minnesota 3–0–1 14–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
Northwestern 1–0–2 10–1–3 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Walter McCornack
1904 Michigan* 2–0 10–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
Minnesota* 3–0 13–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1905 Chicago* 7–0 11–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1906 Michigan 1–0 4–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
Minnesota 2–0 4–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
Wisconsin 3–0 5–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Charles P. Hutchins
1907 Chicago 4–0 4–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1908 Chicago 5–0 5–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1909 Minnesota 3–0 6–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1910 Illinois 4–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Arthur Hall
Minnesota 2–0 6–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1911 Minnesota 3–0–1 6–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1912 Wisconsin 5–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 William Juneau
1913 Chicago 7–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1914 Illinois* 6–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
1915 Illinois 3–0–2 5–0–2 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
Minnesota 3–0–1 6–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Henry L. Williams
1916 Ohio State 4–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 John Wilce
1917 Ohio State 4–0 8–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 John Wilce
1918 Illinois 4–0 5–2 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
Michigan 2–0 5–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
Purdue 1–0 3–3 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 A. G. Scanlon
1919 Illinois* 6–1 6–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
1920 Ohio State 5–0 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 L Rose Bowl 0–28 vs. California John Wilce
1921 Iowa 5–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Howard Jones
1922 Chicago 4–0–1 5–1–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
Iowa 5–0 7–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Howard Jones
Michigan 4–0 6–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
1923 Illinois* 5–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
Michigan* 4–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
1924 Chicago 3–0–3 4–1–3 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Amos Alonzo Stagg
1925 Michigan 5–1 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
1926 Michigan 5–0 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Fielding H. Yost
Northwestern 5–0 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Glenn Thistlethwaite
1927 Illinois* 5–0 7–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
Minnesota 3–0–1 6–0–2 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Clarence Spears
1928 Illinois 4–1 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Robert Zuppke
1929 Purdue 5–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 James Phelan
1930 Michigan 5–0 8–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Harry Kipke
Northwestern 5–0 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Dick Hanley
1931 Michigan 5–1 8–1–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Harry Kipke
Northwestern 5–1 7–1–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Dick Hanley
Purdue 5–1 9–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Noble Kizer
1932 Michigan* 6–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Harry Kipke
Purdue 5–0–1 7–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Noble Kizer
1933 Michigan* 5–0–1 7–0–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Harry Kipke
Minnesota 2–0–4 4–0–4 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1934 Minnesota* 5–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1935 Minnesota* 5–0 8–0 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
Ohio State 5–0 7–1 Started in 1936 Started in 1950 Francis Schmidt
1936 Northwestern 6–0 7–1 #7 Started in 1950 Pappy Waldorf
1937 Minnesota 5–0 6–2 #5 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1938 Minnesota 4–1 6–2 #10 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1939 Ohio State 5–1 6–2 #15 Started in 1950 Francis Schmidt
1940 Minnesota* 6–0 8–0 #1 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1941 Minnesota* 5–0 8–0 #1 Started in 1950 Bernie Bierman
1942 Ohio State* 5–1 9–1 #1 Started in 1950 Paul Brown
1943 Michigan 6–0 8–1 #3 Started in 1950 Fritz Crisler
Purdue 6–0 9–0 #5 Started in 1950 Elmer Burnham
1944 Ohio State 6–0 9–0 #2 Started in 1950 Carroll Widdoes
1945 Indiana 5–0–1 9–0–1 #4 Started in 1950 Bo McMillin
1946 Illinois 6–1 8–2 #5 Started in 1950 W Rose Bowl 45–14 vs. UCLA Ray Eliot
1947 Michigan* 6–0 10–0 #2 Started in 1950 W Rose Bowl 49–0 vs. USC Fritz Crisler
1948 Michigan* 5–0 9–0 #1 Started in 1950 Bennie Oosterbaan
1949 Michigan 4–1–1 6–2–1 #7 Started in 1950 Bennie Oosterbaan
Ohio State 4–1–1 7–1–2 #4 Started in 1950 W Rose Bowl 17-14 vs. California Wes Fesler
1950 Michigan 4–1–1 6–3–1 #9 #6 W Rose Bowl 14–6 vs. California Bennie Oosterbaan
1951 Illinois 5–0–1 9–0–1 #4 #3 W Rose Bowl 40–7 vs. Stanford Ray Eliot
1952 Purdue 4–1–1 4–3–2 #18 #12 Stu Holcomb
Wisconsin 4–1–1 6–3–1 #11 #10 L Rose Bowl 7–0 vs. USC Ivy Williamson
1953 Illinois 5–1 7–1–1 #7 #7 Ray Eliot
Michigan State 5–1 9–1 #3 #3 W Rose Bowl 28–20 vs. UCLA Clarence Munn
1954 Ohio State* 7–0 10–0 #1 #2 W Rose Bowl 20–7 vs. USC Woody Hayes
1955 Ohio State 6–0 7–2 #5 #5 Woody Hayes
1956 Iowa 5–1 9–1 #3 #3 W Rose Bowl 35–19 vs. Oregon State Forest Evashevski
1957 Ohio State* 7–0 9–1 #2 #1 W Rose Bowl 10–7 vs. Oregon Woody Hayes
1958 Iowa* 5–1 8–1–1 #2 #2 W Rose Bowl 38–12 vs. California Forest Evashevski
1959 Wisconsin 5–2 7–3 #6 #6 L Rose Bowl 44–8 vs. Washington Milt Bruhn
1960 Iowa 5–1 8–1 #3 #2 Forest Evashevski
Minnesota* 6–1 8–2 #1 #1 L Rose Bowl 17–7 vs. Washington Murray Warmath
1961 Ohio State* 6–0 8–0–1 #2 #2 Woody Hayes
1962 Wisconsin 6–1 8–2 #2 #2 L Rose Bowl 42–37 vs. USC Milt Bruhn
1963 Illinois 5–1–1 8–1–1 #2 #2 W Rose Bowl 17–7 vs. Washington Pete Elliott
1964 Michigan 6–1 9–1 #4 #4 W Rose Bowl 34–7 vs. Oregon State Bump Elliott
1965 Michigan State* 7–0 10–1 #2 #1 L Rose Bowl 14–12 vs. UCLA Duffy Daugherty
1966 Michigan State* 7–0 9–0–1 #2 #2 Duffy Daugherty
1967 Indiana 6–1 9–2 #4 #6 L Rose Bowl 14–3 vs. USC John Pont
Minnesota 6–1 8–2 #14 Murray Warmath
Purdue 6–1 8–2 #9 #9 Jack Mollenkopf
1968 Ohio State* 7–0 10–0 #1 #1 W Rose Bowl 27–16 vs. USC Woody Hayes
1969 Michigan 6–1 8–3 #9 #8 L Rose Bowl 10–3 vs. USC Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 6–1 8–1 #4 #5 Woody Hayes
1970 Ohio State* 7–0 9–1 #5 #2 L Rose Bowl 27–17 vs. Stanford Woody Hayes
1971 Michigan 8–0 11–1 #6 #4 L Rose Bowl 13–12 vs. Stanford Bo Schembechler
1972 Michigan 7–1 10–1 #6 #6 Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–1 9–2 #9 #3 L Rose Bowl 42–17 vs. USC Woody Hayes
1973 Michigan 7–0–1 10–0–1 #6 #6 Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–0–1 10–0–1 #2 #3 W Rose Bowl 42–21 vs. USC Woody Hayes
1974 Michigan 7–1 10–1 #3 #5 Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–1 10–2 #4 #3 L Rose Bowl 18–17 vs. USC Woody Hayes
1975 Ohio State 8–0 11–1 #4 #4 L Rose Bowl 23–10 vs. UCLA Woody Hayes
1976 Michigan 7–1 10–2 #3 #3 L Rose Bowl 14–6 vs. USC Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–1 9–2–1 #6 #5 W Orange Bowl 27–10 vs. Colorado Woody Hayes
1977 Michigan 7–1 10–2 #9 #8 L Rose Bowl 27–20 vs. Washington Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–1 9–3 #11 #12 L Sugar Bowl 35–6 vs. Alabama Woody Hayes
1978 Michigan 7–1 10–2 #5 #5 L Rose Bowl 17–10 vs. USC Bo Schembechler
Michigan State 7–1 8–3 #12 Darryl Rogers
1979 Ohio State 8–0 11–1 #4 #4 L Rose Bowl 17–16 vs. USC Earle Bruce
1980 Michigan 8–0 10–2 #4 #4 W Rose Bowl 23–6 vs. Washington Bo Schembechler
1981 Iowa 6–2 8–4 #18 #15 L Rose Bowl 28–0 vs. Washington Hayden Fry
Ohio State 6–2 9–3 #15 #12 W Liberty Bowl 31–28 vs. Navy Earle Bruce
1982 Michigan 8–1 8–4 #15 L Rose Bowl 24–14 vs. UCLA Bo Schembechler
1983 Illinois 9–0 10–2 #10 #10 L Rose Bowl 45–9 vs. UCLA Mike White
1984 Ohio State 7–2 9–3 #13 #12 L Rose Bowl 20–17 vs. USC Earle Bruce
1985 Iowa 7–1 10–2 #10 #9 L Rose Bowl 45–28 vs. UCLA Hayden Fry
1986 Michigan 7–1 11–2 #8 #7 L Rose Bowl 22–15 vs. Arizona State Bo Schembechler
Ohio State 7–1 10–3 #7 #6 W Cotton Bowl Classic 28–12 vs. Texas A&M Earle Bruce
1987 Michigan State 7–0–1 9–2–1 #8 #8 W Rose Bowl 20–17 vs. USC George Perles
1988 Michigan 7–0–1 9–2–1 #4 #4 W Rose Bowl 22–14 vs. USC Bo Schembechler
1989 Michigan 8–0 10–2 #7 #8 L Rose Bowl 17–10 vs. USC Bo Schembechler
1990 Illinois 6–2 8–4 #25 #24 L Hall of Fame Bowl 30–0 vs. Clemson John Mackovic
Iowa 6–2 8–4 #18 #16 L Rose Bowl 46–34 vs. Washington Hayden Fry
Michigan 6–2 9–3 #7 #8 W Gator Bowl 35–3 vs. Ole Miss Gary Moeller
Michigan State 6–2 8–3–1 #16 #14 W John Hancock Bowl 17–16 vs. USC George Perles
1991 Michigan 8–0 10–2 #6 #6 L Rose Bowl 34–14 vs. Washington Gary Moeller
1992 Michigan 6–0–2 9–0–3 #5 #5 W Rose Bowl 38–31 vs. Washington Gary Moeller
1993 Ohio State 6–1–1 10–1–1 #11 #10 W Holiday Bowl 28–21 vs. BYU John Cooper
Wisconsin 6–1–1 10–1–1 #6 #5 W Rose Bowl 21–16 vs. UCLA Barry Alvarez
1994 Penn State 8–0 12–0 #2 #2 W Rose Bowl 38–20 vs. Oregon Joe Paterno
1995 Northwestern 8–0 10–2 #8 #7 L Rose Bowl 41–32 vs. USC Gary Barnett
1996 Northwestern 7–1 9–3 #15 #16 L Florida Citrus Bowl 48–28 vs. Tennessee Gary Barnett
Ohio State 7–1 11–1 #2 #2 W Rose Bowl 20–17 vs. Arizona State John Cooper
1997 Michigan* 8–0 12–0 #1 #2 W Rose Bowl 21–16 vs. Washington State Lloyd Carr
1998 Michigan 7–1 10–3 #12 #12 W Florida Citrus Bowl 45–31 vs. Arkansas Lloyd Carr
Ohio State 7–1 11–1 #2 #2 W Sugar Bowl 24–14 vs. Texas A&M John Cooper
Wisconsin 7–1 11–1 #6 #5 W Rose Bowl 38–31 vs. UCLA Barry Alvarez
1999 Wisconsin 7–1 10–2 #4 #4 W Rose Bowl 17–9 vs. Stanford Barry Alvarez
2000 Michigan 6–2 9–3 #11 #10 W Florida Citrus Bowl 31–28 vs. Auburn Lloyd Carr
Northwestern 6–2 8–4 L Alamo Bowl 66–17 vs. Nebraska Randy Walker
Purdue 6–2 8–4 #13 #13 L Rose Bowl 34–24 vs. Washington Joe Tiller
2001 Illinois 7–1 10–2 #12 #12 L Sugar Bowl 47–34 vs. LSU Ron Turner
2002 Iowa 8–0 11–2 #8 #8 L Orange Bowl 38–17 vs. USC Kirk Ferentz
Ohio State* 8–0 14–0 #1 #1 W Fiesta Bowl (BCS Championship Game) 31–24 vs. Miami Jim Tressel
2003 Michigan 7–1 10–3 #6 #7 L Rose Bowl 28–14 vs. USC Lloyd Carr
2004 Iowa 7–1 10–2 #8 #8 W Capital One Bowl 30–25 vs. LSU Kirk Ferentz
Michigan 7–1 9–3 #14 #12 L Rose Bowl 38–37 vs. Texas Lloyd Carr
2005† Ohio State 7–1 10–2 #4 #4 W Fiesta Bowl 34–20 vs. Notre Dame Jim Tressel
2006 Ohio State 8–0 12–1 #2 #2 L BCS Championship Game 41–14 vs. Florida Jim Tressel
2007 Ohio State 7–1 11–2 #5 #4 L BCS Championship Game 38–24 vs. LSU Jim Tressel
2008† Ohio State 7–1 10–3 #9 #11 L Fiesta Bowl 24–21 vs. Texas Jim Tressel
2009 Ohio State 7–1 11–2 #5 #5 W Rose Bowl 26–17 vs. Oregon Jim Tressel
2010^ Michigan State 7–1 11–2 #14 #14 L Capital One Bowl 49–7 vs. Alabama Mark Dantonio
Wisconsin 7–1 11–2 #7 #8 L Rose Bowl 21–19 vs. TCU Bret Bielema
2011 Wisconsin 6–2 11–3 #10 #11 L Rose Bowl 45–38 vs. Oregon Bret Bielema
2012 Wisconsin 4–4 8–6 L Rose Bowl 20–14 vs. Stanford Bret Bielema
2013 Michigan State 8–0 13–1 #3 #3 W Rose Bowl 24–20 vs. Stanford Mark Dantonio

Note: an asterisk (*) denotes a national championship for that season recognized by the College Football Data Warehouse. See: NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship#College Football Data Warehouse recognized national champions

^ Ohio State vacated all wins from the 2010 season and their share of the championship due to NCAA violations.

† Penn State vacated all wins from the 2005 and 2008 seasons and their shares of the championship due to NCAA sanctions.

Championships by school[edit]

School Years as member Big Ten
championships
Last
Big Ten
championship
Last outright
Big Ten
championship
Chicago 1896–1939 7 1924 1924
Illinois 1896–present 15 2001 2001
Indiana 1900–present 2 1967 1945
Iowa 1900–present 11 2004 1985
Michigan 1896–1906, 1917–present 42 2004 2003
Michigan State 1953–present 8 2013 2013
Minnesota 1896–present 18 1967 1941
Nebraska 2011–present 0 —— ——
Northwestern 1896–1906, 1908–present 8 2000 1995
Ohio State 1913–present 34^ 2009^ 2009
Penn State 1993–present 1† 1994† 1994
Purdue 1896–present 8 2000 1929
Wisconsin 1896–present 14 2012 2012

^ Ohio State vacated all wins from the 2010 season and their share of the title.

† Penn State vacated all wins from the 2005 and 2008 seasons and their shares of each title.

Championships by head coach[edit]

Head coach School Big Ten
championships
Woody Hayes Ohio State 13
Bo Schembechler Michigan 13
Fielding H. Yost Michigan 10
Henry L. Williams Minnesota 8
Amos Alonzo Stagg Chicago 7
Robert Zuppke Illinois 7
Bernie Bierman Minnesota 7
Jim Tressel Ohio State 6^
Lloyd Carr Michigan 5
Harry Kipke Michigan 4
Earle Bruce Ohio State 4
Philip King Wisconsin 3
John Wilce Ohio State 3
Ray Eliot Illinois 3
Bennie Oosterbaan Michigan 3
Forest Evashevski Iowa 3
Hayden Fry Iowa 3
Gary Moeller Michigan 3
John Cooper Ohio State 3
Barry Alvarez Wisconsin 3
Bret Bielema Wisconsin 3
Howard Jones Iowa 2
Dick Hanley Northwestern 2
Noble Kizer Purdue 2
Francis Schmidt Ohio State 2
Fritz Crisler Michigan 2
Milt Bruhn Wisconsin 2
Murray Warmath Minnesota 2
Mark Dantonio Michigan State 2
Duffy Daugherty Michigan State 2
George Perles Michigan State 2
Gary Barnett Northwestern 2
Kirk Ferentz Iowa 2
Gustave Ferbert Michigan 1
Alden Knipe Iowa 1
Walter McCornack Northwestern 1
Charles P. Hutchins Wisconsin 1
Arthur Hall Illinois 1
William Juneau Wisconsin 1
A. G. Scanlon Purdue 1
Glenn Thistlethwaite Northwestern 1
Clarence Spears Minnesota 1
James Phelan Purdue 1
Pappy Waldorf Northwestern 1
Paul Brown Ohio State 1
Elmer Burnham Purdue 1
Carroll Widdoes Ohio State 1
Bo McMillin Indiana 1
Wes Fesler Ohio State 1
Stu Holcomb Purdue 1
Ivy Williamson Wisconsin 1
Clarence Munn Michigan State 1
Pete Elliott Illinois 1
Bump Elliott Michigan 1
John Pont Indiana 1
Jack Mollenkopf Purdue 1
Darryl Rogers Michigan State 1
Mike White Illinois 1
John Mackovic Illinois 1
Joe Tiller Purdue 1
Randy Walker Northwestern 1
Ron Turner Illinois 1
Joe Paterno Penn State 1

^Ohio State vacated all wins from the 2010 season and their share of the championship

†Penn State vactated all wins from the 2005 and 2008 seasons and their shares of the championship

References[edit]

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