Penn State’s heartbreaking 52-49 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl on Monday concluded a dismal postseason for the Big Ten East.
The division that was widely argued as the best in college football following the regular season didn’t accumulate a single win during the bowl season. The group’s teams went a combined 0-5, including three teams ranked in the top 6. Here is the damage:
- No. 3 Ohio State: Lost to No. 2 Clemson, 31-0, in Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)
- No. 5 Penn State: Lost to No. 9 USC, 52-49, in Rose Bowl
- No. 6 Michigan: Lost to No. 11 Florida State, 33-32, in Orange Bowl
- Indiana: Lost to No. 19 Utah, 26-24, in Foster Farms Bowl
- Maryland: Lost to Boston College, 36-60, in Quick Lane Bowl
While Michigan and Penn State lost by a combined four points, the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve certainly didn’t help the division’s overall outlook.
On the other hand, the Big Ten West compiled a 3-2 record this bowl season, including Wisconsin’s 24-16 Cotton Bowl victory over Western Michigan earlier Monday.
The Big Ten East went 0-5 in bowls this year.
The Big Ten West went 3-2.
THE POWER IS IN THE WEST
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 3, 2017
It’s definitely something fans of teams inside the Big Ten West will hold onto.