With bowl season complete, six Big Ten schools received votes in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, while four teams appeared among the top 25. The Big Ten and SEC were the only conferences to feature four or more top-25 teams in the final polls. Ohio State led the way for the Big Ten and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, the highest finish for a conference school since the Buckeyes concluded the 2006 campaign rated second in the country. It was the 10th straight season with at least one Big Ten team among the final top 10. After a victory in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Northwestern was voted No. 16 by the coaches and No. 17 by the media. The last time the Wildcats ended the season among the top 25 was following the 1996 campaign, when they were rated No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches' rankings. Michigan and Nebraska also ended the season among the top 25, with the Wolverines rated No. 24 by the media and just outside the top 25 by the coaches and the Cornhuskers ranked No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the USA Today vote. Penn State and Wisconsin also received votes in the final polls.