Two. And Oh.

Still smarting from the double indignity of being snubbed by the College Football Playoff AND being kicked it out of its traditional holiday getaway, the Rose Bowl, the Big Ten won its first two bowl games.

And the disrespected Midwesterners went Coast-to-Coast to pull off their daily double.

Neither win will bowl anybody over outside of Big Ten country, and maybe not even there. But it beat the alternative, so to speak.

Iowa rallied to defeat Boston College 27-20 in the Pinstripe Bowl on the frozen tundra of Yankee Stadium. And Purdue rallied to defeat Arizona 38-35 at the Foster Farms Bowl in nippy Northern California, at the 49ers Levi’s Stadium home in Santa Clara. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.