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Poll: Best B1G bowl performance (units)

1/2/2013

Yesterday, we asked you to vote on which player had the best bowl game performance from the Big Ten. We would do the same for Big Ten teams as a whole, but that's a little difficult after only two clubs managed to secure victories.

So instead, we're going to take a look at which units, offense and defense, turned in the top postseason showing. The candidates are:

  • Minnesota's offense: Ineffectual most of the year and all but absent in the final games, the Gophers' attack was resurgent against Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Minnesota erupted for 31 points, more than it had managed in all but one game since Week 3, and ran for 222 yards. Alas, the Gophers offense couldn't close out the game in a 34-31 loss.

  • Michigan State defense: It was a typically excellent performance by Pat Narduzzi's bunch after a slow start. Michigan State fell behind 13-0 but limited TCU to just one field goal and fewer than 100 yards in the second half of a 17-16 victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

  • Nebraska offense: Taylor Martinez said it right: Georgia supposedly had one of the SEC's top defenses, yet the Huskers had few problems moving the ball in the Capital One Bowl. Nebraska piled up 443 yards against the Bulldogs and scored 31 points before the third quarter was halfway over. Unfortunately, turnovers stalled the Huskers' momentum as they were blanked the rest of the way in the 45-31 loss.

  • Northwestern defense: A dominant pass defense from the Wildcats? Yep, it's true. Northwestern intercepted Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell four times, scoring off one of the picks, and just 106 passing yards. The Bulldogs had fewer than 300 total yards as Northwestern won 34-20 in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.

  • Michigan's offense: South Carolina brought one of the nation's most feared defenses into the Outback Bowl, but the Wolverines showed they could do some damage against it. Michigan had 355 yards, including three passing touchdowns, in the 33-28 loss to the Gamecocks. Too bad they had no answer for Jadeveon Clowney at a crucial time.

Which unit had the best bowl? Vote now in our poll.