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Monday, December 22, 2008
Recapping a quiet month in the Big Ten

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It has been exactly one month since a Big Ten team played a game that counted.

Thankfully, we're less than a week away from the end of the drought, as Wisconsin will take the field Saturday afternoon in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State (ESPN, 4:30 p.m. ET). Two days later, Northwestern faces Missouri in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Minnesota follows with an Insight Bowl matchup against Kansas, bringing us right to New Year's Day.

Bottom line: Big Ten Nation can start getting excited for real football again.

Though the last month featured nothing on the field, there were several interesting happenings around the league.

Here's a quick recap of the Big Ten's top storylines for those who might have stepped away for a bit.