BIG TEN. BIG NEWS. • Nine Big Ten schools were selected for postseason bowl games this year, highlighted by a trio of conference teams (Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) that received invitations to College Football Playoff bowls. • Ohio State was selected to compete in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Dec. 28. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and will take on third-ranked Clemson. The winner of that semifinal will advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship against either No. 1 LSU or No. 4 Oklahoma on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. • Big Ten West Division Champion Wisconsin will participate in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, while Penn State will compete in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, joining the Buckeyes as the Big Ten representatives in this year’s College Football Playoff bowls. The Badgers were ranked No. 8 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and will play No. 6 Oregon on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The Nittany Lions were No. 10 and will meet No. 17 Memphis on Dec. 28 in Arlington, Texas. • Ohio State was crowned Big Ten Champion after its 34-21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Buckeyes’ 38th Big Ten title and third in as many years.
- The Buckeyes are the first team since Wisconsin (2010-12) to “three-peat” as Big Ten Champions. A complete statistical recap of this year’s Big Ten Championship Game can be found on Page 3. • Five Big Ten standouts took home national honors. Ohio State’s Chase Young claimed the Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year), the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player of the Year) and the Ted Hendricks Award (Nation’s Top Defensive End). Wisconsin teammates Tyler Biadasz and Jonathan Taylor took home the Rimington Award (Nation’s Best Center) and the Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Top Running Back), respectively. Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes earned the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding walk on, while Minnesota’s Casey O’Brien was honored with the Disney Spirit Award. • The Big Ten posted the fifth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,244,649 fans attending home games. This marks the seventh consecutive season and eighth time in nine years that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff National Semifinal) • No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson • Dec. 28, 2019 – 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) • Glendale, Ariz. (State Farm Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Fiesta Bowl for the 12th time • Ohio State is making its 50th bowl appearance, including its ninth trip to the Fiesta Bowl (first since 2016)
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (New Year’s Six Bowl) • No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Oregon • Jan. 1, 2020 – 5:10 p.m. ET (ESPN) • Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Rose Bowl for the 71st time • Wisconsin is making its 31st bowl appearance, including its 10th trip to the Rose Bowl (first since 2012)
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (New Year’s Six Bowl) • No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis • Dec. 28, 2019 – Noon ET (ESPN) • Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Cotton Bowl for the fifth time • Penn State is making its 60th bowl appearance, including its 20th as a member of the Big Ten; the Nittany Lions are making their fourth trip to the Cotton Bowl (first since 1974)
VRBO Citrus Bowl • No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 13 Alabama • Jan. 1, 2020 – 1 p.m. ET (ABC) • Orlando, Fla. (Camping World Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Citrus Bowl for the 28th time • Michigan is making its 48th bowl appearance; the Wolverines are making their fifth trip to the Citrus Bowl (first since 2015)
Outback Bowl • No. 18 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Auburn • Jan. 1, 2020 – 1 p.m. ET (ESPN) • Tampa, Fla. (Raymond James Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Outback Bowl for the 31st time • Minnesota is making its 21st bowl appearance, including its second trip to the Outback Bowl (formally the Hall of Fame Bowl)
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl • No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 USC • Dec. 27, 2019 – 8 p.m. ET (FS1) • San Diego, Calif. (SDCCU Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Holiday Bowl for the 14th time • Iowa is making its 33rd bowl appearance, including its fourth trip to the Holiday Bowl
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl • Tennessee vs. Indiana • Jan. 2, 2020 – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN) • Jacksonville, Fla. (TIAA Bank Field) • A Big Ten school will play in the Gator Bowl for the 12th time • Indiana is making its 12th bowl appearance and first since 2016; the Hoosiers will play in the Gator Bowl for the first time
New Era Pinstripe Bowl • Michigan State vs. Wake Forest • Dec. 27, 2019 – 3:20 p.m. ET (ESPN) • Bronx, N.Y. (Yankee Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Pinstripe Bowl for the sixth time • Michigan State is making its 29th bowl appearance, while this will be the Spartans’ first-ever trip to the Pinstripe Bowl
Redbox Bowl • Illinois vs. California • Dec. 30, 2019 – 4 p.m. ET (FOX) • Santa Clara, Calif. (Levi’s Stadium) • A Big Ten school will play in the Redbox Bowl for the seventh time • Illinois is making its 19th bowl appearance, while this will be the Fighting Illini’s second trip to the Redbox Bowl (formally known as the Fight Hunger Bowl)