Big Ten Bowl Notes

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The Big Ten sent a record 10 teams to bowl games this season, the highest total of any conference in the country.

Of those games, eight were against schools from BCS automatic qualifying conferences with three vs. the SEC, two each against the Big 12 and Pac-12, and one against the ACC. The Big Ten's bowl opponents also included five teams ranked in the BCS top 16, the highest total of any conference.

Despite this difficult schedule, and despite playing five games that were in the home states of their opponents, Big Ten teams posted a 4-6 bowl record, marking the second time in three seasons that the Big Ten recorded four bowl wins. The Big Ten is one of just four conferences to post four or more wins this bowl season.

Among BCS automatic qualifying conferences, the Big Ten ranks third in win total this bowl season. Big Ten teams went 4-6, while the Big 12 went 6-2, and the SEC will finish the season 6-3. The Big East went 3-2, the Pac-12 went 2-5, and the ACC went 2-6.

Including this year's record, Big Ten teams have won 10 bowl games over the last three seasons and have posted at least three bowl victories in seven of the last 10 seasons. The last time the Big Ten won 10 or more bowl games over a three-year span was following the 2002-04 campaigns.

Check back tomorrow for more information on the Big Ten in bowl competition.

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