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NCAA Football Big 10 Conference Schedules 2016
The Big Ten is the oldest of all conferences still around to this day. It was formed way back in 1896 when Purdue president James Smart thought it prudent to start regulating all intercollegiate athletics. Seven universities immediately joined the fold including the University of Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and of course, Purdue.
Iowa and Indiana joined three years later to make the conference nine strong until 1908 when Michigan was voted out after failing to abide by league-wide regulations. Ohio State made the conference nine deep once again in 1912, and then after a decade long hiatus, Michigan was allowed back into the conference making it 10 strong; that my friends is where conference got coined the Big Ten and it’s stuck ever since.
Chicago bolted the league after disbanding its football program in 1946 moving the conference back down to nine members. Michigan State joined the conference in 1950 and nothing about the conference’s landscape changed for the next 40 years. That was until Penn State was admitted in 1990 and started competition in 1993.
Seven years later, Nebraska finally gets admitted into the conference after getting denied on numerous occasions back in the early 1900s. Even though the conference has 12 teams, it remains being called the Big Ten and is split up into two divisions the Legends and Leaders – with a championship game taking place to decide the overall victor. The division names would then be changed in 2014 to the East and West.
Three of the biggest stadium capacities in the country reside in the Big Ten. Michigan Stadium – home of the Wolverines – seats just under 110K people. Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley seats 106,572 crazed Nittany Lions fans, and a shade under 150K pack the seats to watch the marching band dot the “i” in Columbus.
As rich a history this conference possesses, you know some crazy rivalries have formed. There’s the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket between state rivals Indiana and Purdue, the battle for Paul Bunyan’s axe between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the battle for the Land Grant trophy between Michigan State and Penn State.
With the Big Ten around longer than any conference, it comes as no surprise to see it reeling in a whopping 39 national championships. It’s only a matter of time until it surpasses the Ivy League who doesn’t partake in the festivities any longer. Michigan and Ohio State top the list with eight and seven titles respectively.
Automatic bowl tie-ins to the Big Ten are as follows: College Football Playoff, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Outback Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Music City Bowl, TaxSlayer Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl.
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