- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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The final tally for the Big Ten in bowl season was 4-6, which would have looked a lot worse if the two Michigan schools didn't eke out much-needed overtime wins.
While there were some triumphs in the bowl season for the league, there were also disappointments, including:
Wisconsin losing yet another heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, with some questionable clock management and an inability to slow down Oregon's offense.
Nebraska self-destructing with penalties and mistakes, leading to a 30-13 blowout against South Carolina even though it outplayed the Gamecocks for most of the first half.
Penn State falling behind 17-0 to Houston, allowing 532 passing yards and never seriously competing in a 31-14 loss in the TicketCity Bowl.
Ohio State allowing two huge Florida special-teams plays and mostly stalling on offense in a 24-17 loss in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
Northwestern looking listless in digging a 30-7 hole against 6-6 Texas A&M before a rally in the fourth quarter that still came up short in a 33-22 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas defeat.
We'll give Iowa a pass here, even though the Hawkeyes lost by 17 to Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl. Very few people expected Iowa to win that game.
My question to you today is this: Which Big Ten team was the most disappointing during bowl season? I'd probably say Penn State, though the Nittany Lions certainly had some off-the-field distractions. I picked Nebraska to lose but expected a better showing than what we saw in the second half.
Vote in our poll, and later we'll ask you what you thought the highlight of Big Ten bowl season was.
4dDan Murphy and Mitch Sherman
4dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
5dMitch Sherman and Dan Murphy