I know that many of my modern media friends already have posted their “way-too early, you’ve-gotta-be-kidding-me’’ 2017 pre-season football top 25s.

Which is fine. I’ve done that in the past. And have no problem with it. It’s fun.

But indulge me. I prefer to look back on 2016 for a moment.

My favorite quote occurred in one of the first game broadcasts of the season. . . from ESPN’s Jesse Palmer: “Hindsight is 50-50.’’

I mention that not simply because I find it amusing. But also because, in its own convoluted way, it’s so true. And because it just seems appropriate to this year-end review.


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Plenty of people were quick to jump on the Big Ten because of its lousy 3-7 bowl record.

Yup. It was lousy.

That said, the Big Ten had a really good year. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.