Here is a quick cheat sheet that shows all of the Big Ten teams' divisions with conference rankings for the 2016 season. Also check out the drop down and compare the West to the East for the year's bowl wins and team invites.
|Big 10 Team||Division|
|Penn State||1st (Conference Title)|
|Big 10 Team||Division|
|Wisconsin||1st (Division Title)|
Choose a year and see bowl wins and team invites
|USC||3||1292||Pac 12-South||Washington||4||1277||Pac 12-North|
|Ohio State||6||1240||Big 10-East|
|Penn State||7||1130||Big 10-East|
|Oklahoma State||11||920||Big 12|
|West Virginia||18||368||Big 12|
|South Florida||19||358||American Athletic-East|
|San Diego State||25||113||MW-West|
Pick your average.
Over the 2016 season the Big Ten had four teams that made the top 25 AP final pole. Ohio State ranked 6th followed by Penn State ranking at 7th; Wisconsin was in 9th place followed in 10th place by Michigan. The AP Top 25 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football's best teams. There were also ten teams from the Big Ten to compete in the 2016 bowl games such as Wisconsin(W), Northwestern(W), Nebraska(L), Iowa(L) and Minnesota(W) for the West and Indiana(L), Penn State(L), Ohio State(L), Michigan(L), and Maryland(L) for the East.
The top Big Ten team, Ohio State, seemed to be the best team for the 2016 season with an 11-2 overall record and a win of the Big Ten Title. They had a PV rank of 1,240 (2) and were ranked 6th overall in the College Football Postseason Top 25.
The start of the Big Ten goes back 120 years to the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. There on Jan.11, 1895, Purdue President James H. Smart and leaders from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin, met to organize and develop principles for the regulation of their intercollegiate athletics.
There have been a total of 15 teams that have been part of the Big Ten Conference over the course of 120 years. A total of seven teams started the Big Ten in 1896, which would be Illinois, Minnesota, Chicago, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Chicago would leave the conference in 1946. Michigan would leave in 1907, but returned in 1917. The next two teams to join in 1899 were Indiana and Iowa, and Ohio state joined in 1912. Michigan State became part of the conference in 1950 and Penn State in 1990. The last teams to join were Nebraska in 2011, and Maryland and Rutger both joined in 2014.
The Big Ten also had the names of Western Conference and Big Nine Conference. The Western Conference was the first name that was chosen in 1896, and it changed to the Big Nine in 1899. The conference name would not change to the Big Ten until February 1917, and it has stayed the same since then.
Here is a quick video that incudes an interview with a former Texas State Football player who gives his take on the Big 10 Conference. He talks about its streagths and weaknesses, as well as the teams' strengths against other teams and conferences.