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The Best Big Ten Football Teams

Updated July 26, 2019 2.1k votes 292 voters 2.1k views14 items

List RulesVote up the Big Ten schools with the historically best football team.

Out of all 14 Big Ten football teams, nine have won national championships. The Michigan Wolverines have won 11 titles, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are not far behind with eight.

All of that success has been built on the talents of the many incredible players who starred in the Big Ten. Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, came out of the Big Ten. J.J. Watt and Le'Veon Bell also rose to prominence on Big Ten rosters. 

The Big Ten has historically been full of great players, memorable bowl moments, and national champions. But which Big Ten programs are the best? Which stand out above the others? Vote below, then check back to see how other college football fans decided.

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  • Wisconsin Badgers
    Photo: Wisconsin

    All-time record: 700-490-52
    Bowl wins: 16
    Conference titles: 14
    National championships: 0

    Notable players: JJ Watt, Russell Wilson, Joe Thomas, Melvin Gordon, Troy Vincent

    • Location: Madison, Wisconsin
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  • Michigan State Spartans
    Photo: Michigan State

    All-time record: 578-377-30
    Bowl wins: 12
    Conference titles: 9
    National championships: 4

    Notable players: Le'Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins, Mark Ingram, Plaxico Burress, Mark Ingram

    • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
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  • Nebraska Cornhuskers
    Photo: Nebraska

    All-time record: 862-363-38
    Bowl wins: 26
    Conference titles: 43
    National championships: 5

    Notable players: Ndamukong Suh, Prince Amukamara, Ahman Green, Roy Helu

    • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
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  • Minnesota Golden Gophers
    Photo: Minnesota

    All-time record: 679-513-42
    Bowl wins: 8
    Conference titles: 18
    National championships: 6

    Notable players: Eric Decker, Laurence Maroney, Marion Barber III

    • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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