A year ago, the biggest blotches in the Big Ten’s bloody bowl ledger came courtesy of Michigan and Michigan State.
The Wolverines and Spartans lost their bowl games by a combined score of 101-21 on Jan. 1, 2011. They allowed 51 combined first downs and 1,031 yards. Making matters worse, both losses came at the hands of SEC foes (Mississippi State and Alabama, respectively), reinforcing the perception that Big Ten teams don’t belong on the same field with those from the nation’s top conference.
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