For the second straight season, the Big Ten has sent a team to the College Football Playoff. How it did so is quite the tale to tell as Michigan State knocked off Michigan and Ohio State on the road without leading for a single second in regulation in either game. The Spartans then capped off their Big Ten championship with a drive for the ages against undefeated Iowa. Of course, Michigan State was only involved in a handful of the top games and moments from around the Big Ten. The Spartans seemed to have plenty of luck on their side. The same could not be said for Nebraska.
Here is a collection of the top Big Ten games from this past fall, including some worthy honorable mentions.
Here are a few Big Ten games worth mentioning that just missed the cut:
Washington State 37, Rutgers 34: For the second straight season, the Scarlet Knights and Cougars played what turned out to be a wild game, but the Big Ten came up on the losing end of this one.
Penn State 37, San Diego State 21: Penn State's Austin Davis rumbled his way for a large man touchdown to help Penn State hold off the eventual Mountain West Conference champs.
Michigan 31, BYU 0: BYU was looking like a solid team this season but had no answers for Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Rutgers 55, Indiana 52: Rutgers was being blown away before putting together a fourth-quarter rally for the ages in Bloomington.
Penn State 31, Maryland 30: Border rivals collided in Baltimore and put on quite an entertaining game. And yes, there were handshakes.
Iowa 10, Wisconsin 6: Defense proved to be the key as Iowa won a key Big Ten West battle.
Northwestern 16, Stanford 6: The season started off with a bang for the Big Ten with Northwestern stunning Christian McCaffrey and eventual Pac-12 champion Stanford in Week 1.
Nebraska in a Losing Effort
Rather than fill up this top 10 list of top games from the Big Ten with a bunch of Nebraska losses, it was important to recognize the many close calls experienced by the Cornhuskers this season. From the Hail Mary by BYU in the season opener to the bizarre ending in Miami profiled in our top ACC games of the season to a one-point loss against Illinois, a two-point loss against Wisconsin and another two-point loss to Northwestern, Nebraska fans were on the edges of their seats all season long and seemingly all the breaks went the wrong way, except for one we will get too shortly.
10. Ohio State 42, Virginia Tech 24 — Sept. 7
The first game of the season for the defending national champions started off with quite a bang as the Buckeyes picked up revenge on the road against the only team to hand them a loss in 2014. Braxton Miller dazzled in his debut as a wide receiver after sitting out the 2014 season with a shoulder injury. Miller scored two touchdowns and had a 53-yard run and Ezekiel Elliott added 122 rushing yards. Cardale Jones passed for 187 yards as the Buckeyes had perhaps their best game of the season until the regular season finale in Ann Arbor.