Big 10 Football

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The Big 10 Conference is one of the first-ever intercollegiate athletics conferences ever, in fact, it predates the NCAA by nearly a decade. As if that’s not enough, along with the SEC, Big 10 Football maybe be among the best in the NCAA. The Big 10 Conference has nearly 307 NCAA Championships which is tied for the second-most of any conference. Being founded in 1896, the original name for the conference was “Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives,” but eventually evolved into the Big Nine and the Western Conference.

Big 10 Football Championships are not counted in those totals because there was not an officially-sanctioned NCAA Championship until 2014 with the creation of the College Football Playoff. Before that time, the general determination of the “NCAA Football Champion” was made using polls aggregated by various selectors. As such, there are occasionally discrepancies over the team that would be crowned champions in any given year. This was often true when involving mid-major teams going undefeated and beating a “Power 5” conference opponent in a major bowl game.

Note: New Year’s Six Bowl games refer to the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl with two of the six games used as College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal games.

Big 10 Football Teams

Fighting IlliniUniversity of Illinois

The University of Illinois Fighting Illini joined their one (and only) conference when they entered the Western Conference. Ultimately, the Western Conference would, in 1953, morph into the Big 10 Conference. The Fighting Illini claim five NCAA National Championships. The Illini have appeared in 18 bowl games, earning an 8-10 record.

The Illini have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game eight times (1946, 1951, 1963, 1983, 1985, 1989, 2001, and 2007). They have a 4-4 record in New Year’s Six games and have appeared most frequently in the Rose Bowl which they have played in five times. In Rose Bowl games, they have a 3-2 record with wins over UCLA in 1946 (45-14), Stanford in 1951 (40-7), and Washington in 1963 (17-7). They lost games to LSU in 2001 (34-47) and USC in 2007 (17-49)

Illinois has won at least a share of 15 Conference Championships (seven shared) in the Big 10 Conference. The Illini compete in the Big 10 West Division, although, to date, they have not won any Division Titles. However, division titles have only been contested since 2010 (initially between the Legends and Leaders divisions). The East and West divisions have competed in this format since 2012.

Located: Champaign, Illinois
Home Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Capacity 60,670)
Current Head coach: Lovie Smith (since 2016)
2019 base salary: $5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 5 (1914, 1919, 1923, 1927, and 1951)

Indiana University

Indiana UniversityThe Indiana Hoosiers joined their one (and only) conference when they joined the Western Conference. Ultimately, the Western Conference would, in 1953, morph into the Big 10 Conference. The Hoosiers do not claim any NCAA National Championships. The Hoosiers have appeared in 11 bowl games, earning a 3-8 record. The Hoosiers own the record for most losses in FBS-history, along with the worst record of the 15 teams to have participated in any version of the Big 10 Conference.

The Hoosiers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game three times (1967, 1987, and 1990). They are winless in those three games. They appeared twice in the Peach Bowl, losing to Tennessee in 1987 (22-27) and Auburn in 1990 (23-27). Their one appearance in the Rose Bowl was a loss to USC in 1967 (3-14).

Indiana has won at least a share of two Conference Championships (one shared) in the Big 10 Conference. The Hoosiers compete in the Big 10 East Division, although, to date, they have not won any Division Titles. However, division titles have only been contested since 2010 (initially between the Legends and Leaders divisions). The East and West divisions have been contested since 2012.

Located: Bloomington, Indiana
Home Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Capacity 52,656)
Current Head coach: Tom Allen (since 2016)
2019 base salary: $1.8M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A

Iowa HawkeyesUniversity of Iowa

The University of Iowa Hawkeyes joined the Western Conference in 1900, which would, in 1953, morph into the Big 10 Conference. Previously the Hawkeyes were members of the Western Interstate University Football Association (WIUFA). The Hawkeyes claim four NCAA National Championships. The Hawkeyes have appeared in 32 bowl games, earning a 16-15-1 record.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game ten times (1956, 1958, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 2002, 2009, and 2015). They are 4-6 in New Year’s Six Bowl games. Iowa has played in six Rose Bowl games going 2-4 in those games. The only wins came against Oregon State in 1956 (35-19) and California in 1958 (38-12). The Hawkeyes were defeated in the Rose Bowl by Washington (twice) in 1981 and 1995 (0-28 and 34-46, respectively), UCLA in 1985 (28-45), and Stanford in 2015 (16-45). The Hawkeyes have also appeared in two Peach Bowl contests with the results split 1-1 having beaten Tennessee in 1982 (28-22) and losing to NC State in 1988 (23-28). They also appeared in a pair of Orange Bowl games, again splitting the results. They were victorious against South Carolina in 2008 (31-10) but were defeated by USC in 2002 (17-38).

Iowa has won at least a share of eleven Conference Championships (eight shared) in the Big 10 Conference (in addition to winning two before Big 10 membership). The Hawkeyes compete in the Big 10 West Division winning their most recent (and only) West Division title in 2015. In 2015, the Hawkeyes would lose to Michigan State in the Conference Championship game.

Located: Iowa City, Iowa
Home Stadium: Kinnick Stadium (Capacity 69,250)
Current Head coach: Kirk Ferentz (since 1999)
2019 base salary: $4.7M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 4 (1921, 1956, 1958, and 1960)

University of Maryland

Maryland TerrapinsThe University of Maryland Terrapins joined the Big 10 Conference in 2014. Previously, the Terrapins were a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) where they had resided for the past 62 years. The Terrapins claim one NCAA National Championships. The Terrapins have appeared in 27 bowl games, earning an 11-14-2 record.

The Terrapins have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game seven times (1951, 1953, 1955, 1973, 1976, 2001, 2002). The Terrapins have featured three times in the Orange Bowl, although they are winless in three tries. They lost to Oklahoma twice in 1953 and 1955 (0-7, and 6-20, respectively) and Florida (23-56) in 2001. They have also featured twice in the Peach Bowl, where they split results 1-1 with a win over Tennessee (30-3) in 2002 and a loss to Georgia (16-17) in 1973. The Terrapins have one appearance in the Sugar Bowl where they were victorious over Tennessee (28-13) in 1951. They also made one appearance in the Cotton Bowl where they lost to Houston (21-30) in 1976.

Maryland has won at least a share of nine Conference Championships (three shared) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (in addition to winning two before the ACC with the Southern Conference). The Terrapins compete in the East Division of the Big 10 Conference but have not won a division title since joining the Conference. They have also never reached a Big 10 Championship game.

Located: College Park, Maryland
Home Stadium: Maryland Stadium (Capacity: 54,000)
Current Head coach: Mike Locksley (second stint, since 2019)
2019 base salary: $2.6M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 1 (1953)

University of Michigan

Michigan WolverinesThe University of Michigan was a founding member of the now-Big 10 Conference which they’ve been a part of since 1896. The Wolverines claim eleven NCAA National Championships. Michigan has appeared in 47 bowl games, with a 21-26 record in those games.

The Wolverines have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game twenty-seven times (1902, 1948, 1951, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1976-1979, 1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2004-2005, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2018). The Wolverines have made a staggering twenty appearances in the Rose Bowl where they’ve gone 8-12. In the Rose Bowl,  the have two wins against both USC, (49-0) in 1948 and (22-14) in 1989, and Washington, (23-6) in 1980 and (38-31) in 1993. They’ve been victorious once over Cal (14-6) in 1951, Stanford (49-0) in 1902, Oregon State (34-7) in 1965, and Washington State (22-14) in 1998.

The Wolverines have half (six) of their Rose Bowl losses to the same opponent, USC, against whom they’ve suffered defeat by scores of (3-10) 1970, (6-14) 1977, (10-17) 1979, (10-17) in 1990, (14-28) in 2004, (18-32) in 2007. After USC, the only other opponent with multiple losses is Washington (20-27) in 1978 and (14-34) in 1992. The remaining losses have only occurred once per team with Stanford (12-13) in 1972, UCLA (14-24) in 1983, Arizona State (15-22) in 1987, and (37-38) Texas in 2005.

The next highest number of appearances is in the Orange Bowl, with 3, where they have a 1-2 record with a win against Alabama (35-34) in 2000 and losses against Oklahoma (6-14) in 1976 and Florida State (32-33) in 2016.  In the Sugar Bowl, they have two appearances with split results including a win over Virginia Tech (23-20) in 2012 and a loss against Auburn (7-9) in 1983. They have one appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they were victorious against Nebraska (27-23) in 1985 and one appearance in the Peach Bowl where they lost to Florida (15-41) in 2018.

Michigan has won at least a share of 42 Conference Championships (26 shared) in the Big 10 Conference. The Wolverines compete in the Big 10 East Division winning their most recent (shared) East Division title in 2018. However, they would ultimately lose to Ohio State on a tiebreaker for the chance to play in the Big 10 Championship game.

Located: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home Stadium: Michigan Stadium (Capacity: 107,601)
Current Head coach: Jim Harbaugh (since 2015)
2019 base salary: $7.5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 11 (1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948, 1997)

Michigan State University

Michigan State SpartansMichigan State has only a part of two conferences, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1896-1906 followed by the Big 10 Conference. The Spartans have been part of the Big 10 Conference since 1953 and claim 6 NCAA National Championships. They have appeared in 28 bowl games of which they’ve secured a 12-16 record.

The Spartans have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game eight times (1937, 1953, 1955, 1965, 1987, 2013, 2014, 2015). They have appeared in six Rose Bowl games, boasting a 4-1 record. The Spartans recorded victories over UCLA  (twice) (28-20) in 1953 and (17-14) in 1955, USC (20-17) in 1987, and Stanford (24-20) in 2013. Their lone Rose Bowl loss was a (12-14) loss to UCLA in 1965. Michigan State has made two Cotton Bowl appearances, splitting the outcomes with a win (42-41) over Baylor in 2014 and a loss (0-38) to Alabama in 2015. The 2015 Cotton Bowl was a College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal game. The Spartans also made one appearance in the Orange Bowl which they lost (0-6) to Auburn in 1937.

Michigan State has won at least a share of nine Conference Championships (three shared) in the Big 10 Conference (in addition to winning two before Big 10 membership, one shared). The Spartans compete in the Big 10 East Division winning their most recent East Division title in 2015 (the other two were in the Legends Division in 2011 and 2013). In 2015, Michigan State would beat the Hawkeyes in the Conference Championship game.

Located: East Lansing, Michigan
Home Stadium: Spartan Stadium (Capacity: 75,005)
Current Head coach: Mark Dantonio (since 2007)
2019 base salary: $4.4M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 6 (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1966)

University of Minnesota

Minnesota Golden GophersThe University of Minnesota is one of the oldest football schools in the nation. They have only been a part of the Big 10 Conferences. The Golden Gophers claim 7 NCAA National Championships. They have appeared in 28 bowl games of which they’ve secured an 8-12 record.

The Golden Gophers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game two times (1960, 1961). Both of those appearances have been in the Rose Bowl, where they are 1-1. Their sole victory was over UCLA (21-3) in 1961 while their loss was to Washington (7-17) in 1960.

Minnesota has won at least a share of sixteen Conference Championships (eleven shared) in the Big 10 Conference (the Golden Gophers won two additional Conference Titles before joining the Big 10 Conference). The Golden Gophers compete in the Big 10 West Division and have not won a West Division title since the East and West division occurred in 2012.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium (Capacity: 50,805)
Current Head coach: P.J. Fleck (since 2017)
2019 base salary: $3.5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 7 (1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960)

University of Nebraska

Nebraska CornhuskersThe University of Nebraska Cornhuskers first Conference was the Western Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Association which they joined in 1892. However, they would spend most of their time as a member of the Big 12 Conference after joining its predecessor in 1907. Nebraska would depart the Big 12 in favor of the Big 10 Conference in 2010. The Cornhuskers claim six NCAA Championships and have been involved in 53 bowl games.

The Cornhuskers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game 33 times (1940, 1954, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966,  1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006). In those games they have accumulated a 14-19 record in New Year’s Six games.

The Cornhuskers have appeared in Orange Bowl games for more than half of their appearances with 17 garnering an 8-9 record in those games. They have won over Auburn (13-7) in 1963, LSU (17-12) in 1970, Alabama (38-6) in 1971, Notre Dame (40-6) in 1972, LSU (21-20) in 1982, Miami (24-17) in 1994, Virginia Tech (41-21) in 1996, and Tennessee (42-17) in 1997.They lost to Duke (7-34) in 1954, Alabama (28-39) in 1965, Oklahoma (24-31) in 1978, Clemson (15-22) in 1981, Miami (three times) 1983, 1988, and 1991 with scores of (30-31),(3-23) and (0-22), respectively, and Florida State twice (14-27) in 1992, and (16-18) in 1993.

The next most played-in game for the Cornhuskers is the Fiesta Bowl where they have accumulated a 2-4 record. Nebraska secured wins against Florida (62-24) in 1995 and Tennessee (31-21) in 1999. However, they have losses to Arizona State (14-17) in 1975, Michigan (23-27) in 1985, Florida State (twice) with scores of (28-31) in 1987 and (17-41) in 1989. The Huskers have fared much better in Sugar Bowl games where they have a 3-1 record with wins over LSU (twice) with scores of (28-10) and (30-15) in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and Florida (13-10) in 1974. Their lone loss in the Sugar Bowl was to Alabama (7-34) in 1966

The Cotton Bowl has welcomed the Huskers four times, but their record is only 1-3 in these games. They posted their lone win against Texas (19-3) in 1973 and have lost to Arkansas (7-10) in 1964, Houston (14-17) in 1979, Auburn (14-17) in 2006. The Rose Bowl has only welcomed the Cornhuskers twice where they have failed to win. They lost against Stanford (13-21) in 1940 and Miami (14-37) in 2001.

Nebraska has won at least a share of 46 Conference Championships (twelve shared) in the Big 12 Conference. The Cornhuskers have not won a conference championship since joining the Big 10. The Huskers compete in the Big 10 West Division and have won a single West Division title in 2012.

Located: Lincoln, Nebraska
Home Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Capacity 85,458)
Current Head coach: Scott Frost (since 2018)
2019 base salary: $5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)

Northwestern University

Northwestern WildcatsThe Northwestern University Wildcats first (and only) Conference was the Western Conference which they joined in 1903. The Western Conference would eventually morph into the existing Big 10 Conference. The Wildcats do not claim any NCAA Championships and have been involved in 15 bowl games.

The Northwestern University Wildcats have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game twice (1948, 1995). Both of those appearances have been in the Rose Bowl, where they are 1-1. Their sole victory was over California (20-14) in 1948 while their loss was to USC (32-41) in 1995.

Northwestern has won at least a share of eight Conference Championships (six shared) in the Big 10 Conference. The Wildcats compete in the Big 10 West Division and have won the Division title once in 2018, where they would fall in the Big 10 Championship game to Ohio State.

Located: Evanston, Illinois
Home Stadium: Ryan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Current Head coach: Pat Fitzgerald (since 2006)
2019 base salary: $3.6M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A

Ohio State University

Ohio State BuckeyesThe Ohio State University Buckeyes joined the Big 10 Conference in 1912. Previously the Buckeyes were members of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Buckeyes claim eight NCAA National Championships. The Buckeyes have appeared in 50 bowl games, earning a 25-25 record.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game 29 times (1920, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) compiling a 17-12 record. They have most frequently appeared in the Rose Bowl (14 times) where they are even with seven wins and seven losses. They have earned victories over USC on three occasions, in 1954 (20-7), 1968 (42-21), 2018, over Oregon twice in 1957 (10-7) and 2009 (26-17). They also have victories over Washington (28-23) in 2018 and California (17-14) in 1949. The Buckeyes were defeated by USC on four occasions (17-42) in 1972, (17-18) in 1974, (16-17) in 1979, and (17-20) in 1984. They only have three other losses against California (0-28) in 1920, Stanford (17-27) in 1970, and UCLA (10-23) in 1975. 

The next most frequented destination for the Buckeyes is the Fiesta Bowl, which they’ve reached eight times earning a 5-3 record. They have secured two victories over Notre Dame (34-20) in 2005 and (44-28) in 2015, Pittsburgh (28-23) in 1983, Miami (31-24) in 2002, and Kansas State (35-28) in 2003. Their three losses have all come against different opponents, Penn State (19-31) in 1980, Texas (21-24) in 2008, Clemson (0-31) in 2016.

Ohio State has made five Sugar Bowl appearances going 3-2 recording wins over Texas A&M (24-14) in 1998, Arkansas (31-26) in 2010, Alabama (42-35) in 2014. Their two losses came against Alabama (6-35) in 1977, Florida State (24-14) 1997. The Buckeyes are a perfect two and zero in the Cotton Bowl where they recorded wins over Texas A&M (28-12) in 1986 and USC (24-7) in 2017. However, they are winless in two tries in the BCS Championship game, losing both the 2006 and 2007 rendition to Florida (14-41), and LSU (24-38) respectively. In the new College Football Playoff Championship games, they have a perfect record after defeating Oregon (42-20) in 2014.

Ohio State University has won at least a share of 39 Conference championships (sixteen shared) across the Ohio Athletic Conference (two) and the Big 10 (37). The Buckeyes compete in the East Division (and formerly the Leaders Division) of the Big 10 Conference, which they have won seven times (2012-2018) with three shared titles. Ohio State has also won their only appearance in the College Football Playoff in 2014 (against the PAC 12’s Oregon).

Located: Columbus, Ohio
Home Stadium: Ohio Stadium (Capacity: 104,944)
Current Head coach: Ryan Day (since 2019)
2019 base salary: $4.5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 8 (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014)

Penn State University

Penn State Nittany LionsThe Penn State University Nittany Lions joined the Big 10 Conference in 1993. Previously the Nittany Lions had spent a single season in Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association (PIFA) but spent 1892-1992 as an Independent. The Nittany Lions claim two NCAA National Championships and have appeared in 49 bowl games, earning a 29-18-2 record.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game 23 times (1922, 1947, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2016, 2017) compiling a 15-7-1 record. Penn State has appeared most in the Fiesta Bowl (7) where they’ve managed wins over a myriad of opponents including Arizona State (42-30) in 1977, Ohio State (31-19) in 1980, USC (26-10) in 1981, Miami (14-10) in 1986, Tennessee (42-17) in 1991, Texas (38-15) in 1996, Washington (35-28) in 2017. Their close second is the Orange Bowl (6) where they secured wins against Kansas (15-14) in 1968, Missouri (10-3) in 1969, LSU (16-9) in 1973, Florida State (26-23) in 2005. They have been handed two losses in the Orange Bowl, by Oklahoma (0-14) and (10-25) in 1972 and 1985, respectively. 

The Nittany Lions have appeared in the Rose Bowl four times, earning only one win against  Oregon (38-20) in 1994. All three remaining appearances were against the same team with the same result, losses to USC (3-14), (24-38) and (49-52)  in 1922, 2008, and in 2016. Penn State has appeared in both the Cotton Bowl and the Sugar Bowl three times. They have secured wins against Texas (30-6) in 1971 and Baylor (41-20) in 1974, and although they haven’t been beaten at the Cotton Bowl, they did battle to a tie with SMU (13-13) in 1947. The Sugar Bowl has seen the Nittany Lions record one victory in three tries, over Georgia (27-23) in 1982, while they lost to Alabama twice (6-13) and (7-14) in 1975 and 1978 (respectively).

Penn State University has won at least a share of four Big 10 Conference championships (two shared) and one in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Nittany Lions compete in the East Division (and formerly the Leaders Division) of the Big 10 Conference, which they have won twice (2011, 2016) both as shared titles. 

Located: State College, Pennsylvania
Home Stadium: Beaver Stadium (Capacity:106,572)
Current Head coach: James Franklin (since 2014)
2019 base salary: $4.8M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 2 (1982, 1986)

Purdue University 

Purdue BoilermakersThe Purdue University Boilermakers joined the Western Conference (the  Big 10 Conference predecessor) in 1896. Previously the Boilermakers had been members of the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association (IIAA). The Boilermakers do not claim any NCAA National Championships, appearing in 19 bowl games, earning a 10-9 record.

The Boilermakers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game twice in their history, winning once and losing the other (1966, 2000). Both appearances were in Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl. Their win came against USC (14-13) in 1966, and their loss came against Washington (24-34) in 2000.

Purdue University won four straight Championship Titles in the IIAA from 1891-1894. In addition, they have also won at least a share of eight Big 10 Championships (seven shared). The Boilermakers currently compete in the Big 10 West Division, although they have not won the division since the Big 10 Conference moved to that format in 2010.

Located: West Lafayette, Indiana
Home Stadium: Ross-Ade Stadium (Capacity: 57,236)
Current Head coach: Jeff Brohm (since 2017)
2019 base salary: $3.8M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A

Rutgers University

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsRutgers University has been a member of several different conferences with only a few years in each. Those include the Middle States Intercollegiate Football League (1893-1894), the Middle Three Conference (1946-1951), and the Middle Atlantic Conference (1958-1961) punctuated by long periods as an independent before eventually settling into a more stable Conference home. Rutgers spent 21 years (1991-2012) with the Big East Conference, before the Conference realignment, ultimately ending up in the newly formed American Athletic Conference for the 2013 season. After the conclusion of that season, they became a member of the Big 10 Conference where they remain. The Scarlet Knights claim one NCAA National Championship, in the first year of intercollegiate college football and have appeared 10 bowl games, earning a 6-4 record.

The Scarlet Knights have not made an appearance in a New Year’s Six Bowl game in the program’s existence.

Rutgers University has one Conference Championship win (shared) as a member of the Big East Conference. The Scarlet Knights currently compete in the Big 10 East Division, although they have not won a division since joining the Big 10 Conference in 2014.

Located: Piscataway, New Jersey
Home Stadium: SHI Stadium (Capacity 52,454)
Current Head coach: Chris Ash (since 2016)
2019 base salary: $2.2M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 1 (1869)

University of Wisconsin 

Wisconsin BadgersThe University of Wisconsin Badgers joined the Big 10 Conference in 1896. The Wisconsin Badgers do not claim any NCAA National Championships. Wisconsin has appeared in 30 bowl games, earning a 16-14 record.

The Badgers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game eleven times in their history (1952, 1959, 1962, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017) accumulating a 5-6 record. The Badgers have made nine appearances in the Rose Bowl, although they managed victories only three times against UCLA (21-16) in 1993, UCLA (38-31) 1998, and Stanford (17-9) 1999. They have been beaten six times by five separate teams including USC, twice, (7-0) and (42-37) in 1952 and 1962, respectively. In addition, they have also suffered losses to Washington (44-8) in 1959, TCU (19-21) in 2010, Oregon (38-45) in 2011, and Stanford (14-20) in 2012. They have appeared in a single Cotton Bowl game, which they won over Western Michigan (24-16) in 2016. They have also appeared in one Orange Bowl game where they were also victorious against Miami (34-24) in 2017.

The University of Wisconsin Badgers has won at least a share of fourteen Big 10 Conference championships (six shared). The Badgers compete in the West Division (and formerly the Leaders Division) of the Big 10 Conference, which they have won four times (2011, 2014, 2016, 2017) with one shared title. They have a single Big 10 Conference Championship victory over Michigan State in 2011.

Located: Madison, Wisconsin
Home Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium (Capacity: 80,321)
Current Head coach: Paul Chryst (since 2015)
2019 base salary: $3.75M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A

Big 10 Football Divisions

East Division

  • Indiana University
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Maryland
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Rutgers

West Division

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Northwestern
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

Big 10 Football Standings

 

2019 Big 10 Football Championship Game

Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 8:00 P.M., Eastern Standard Time
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 70,000)
How to watch: Fox Networks
Preseason Favorites:     East: Ohio State      |    West: Nebraska/Wisconsin

Previous Big 10 Football Championship Game Winners

2018: Ohio State
2017: Ohio State
2016: Penn State
2015: Michigan State
2014: Ohio State
2013: Michigan State
2012: Wisconsin
2011: Wisconsin

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