Five. And oh.

Building on the opportunistic start of Iowa and Purdue, which rallied to win, Ohio State, Northwestern and Michigan State also won their bowl games.

That gave the Big Ten a 5-0 record with three games to go: Penn State vs. Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, and Wisconsin vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl, also on Saturday. Michigan takes on South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

And in news you won’t find anywhere else, APBA simulations of the upcoming Alabama-Clemson and Georgia-Oklahoma national semi-finals  came up with some surprising result  in  pretend nail-biters that resembled their real Bama-Clemson nail-biters of the last two Januarys.


Led by a fierce defensive line, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 24-0 second-quarter lead and then shut the door for a 24-7 win. After being shoved around early, USC regrouped solidly in the second half and knocked on the door. The trouble was, every time it seemed to be knocking, it dropped the groceries.

Ohio State wound up winning the turnover battle 4-1, and scoring 21 of its 24 points off of Trojan turnovers.

Although snubbed by the College Football Playoff and booted from their traditional Rose Bowl home by the playoff, the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions put on a good show at the Cotton Bowl in the Dallas Cowboys palatial stadium. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.