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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Entering the Big Ten House of Pain

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

My apologies for jumping in late on this -- blame Big Ten media days -- but we have an excellent series going on this week called House of Pain.

No, it's not a retrospective on these guys. Sadly.

If you're a college football fan, you know the pain of defeat. But certain losses sting more than others. They could come in rivalry games, in games with league title and national title implications and in games filled with bizarre moments.

We're counting down the 50 most painful losses in college football history. You can already check out Nos. 50-31. The only Big Ten presence so far comes at No. 39, and it doesn't really count because Penn State was an independent when it rallied to stun Kansas 15-14 in 1969. Trust me, you'll see much more from the Big Ten in the top 30.

Colleague Pat Forde has more on the agony of defeat, and Ivan Maisel explores the degrees of pain that these games bring. Maisel runs down some painful days in college football history, including Oct. 15, 2005.

At Michigan, the Wolverines upset No. 10 Penn State 27-25 when Chad Henne completed a 10-yard pass to Mario Manningham on the final play of the game. That one play made life easier for USC, Texas and a lot of poll voters. Penn State finished the regular season 10-1. The undefeated Trojans played the Longhorns in the Rose Bowl for the BCS championship, unaccompanied by controversy.



Also check Forde and Ivan Maisel sharing some of their memories of painful losses.

Want to weigh in on your team's most painful loss among friends? Join other Big Ten mourners here and don't forget to send me your suggestions as well.