|1960 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||Joe Rutgens|
|Season MVP||Tom Brown|
|1960 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Minnesota +||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 3 Iowa +||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|No. 8 Ohio State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 15 Michigan State||4||–||2||–||0||6||–||2||–||1|
|No. 19 Purdue||3||–||4||–||0||4||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1960 Big Ten Conference football season was the 65th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1960 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Murray Warmath, compiled an 8–2 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring defense (8.8 points allowed per game), and lost to Washington in the 1961 Rose Bowl. The Golden Gophers were ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches Polls, both of which were released prior to the Rose Bowl. Guard Tom Brown was a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy as college football's best interior lineman, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player.
The 1960 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, in its final season under head coach Forest Evashevski, compiled an 8–1 record, led the Big Ten in scoring offense (26.0 points per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll and No. 2 in the final Coaches' Poll. Iowa's only loss was against Minnesota. Halfback Larry Ferguson, quarterback Wilburn Hollis, and guard Mark Manders were first-team All-Big Ten players.
The conference's statistical leaders included Ron Miller of Wisconsin with 1,351 passing yards, Bob Ferguson of Ohio State with 853 rushing yards and 78 points scored, Elbert Kimbrough of Northwestern with 378 receiving yards, and Tom Matte of Ohio State with 1,419 yards of total offense.
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Minnesota||Murray Warmath||#1||#1||8–2||6–1||22.8||8.8||Tom Brown|
|2||Iowa||Forest Evashevski||#3||#1||8–1||5–1||26.0||12.0||Bernie Wyatt|
|3||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||#8||#3||7–2||5–2||23.2||10.0||Tom Matte|
|4||Michigan State||Duffy Daugherty||#15||#6||6–2–1||4–2||21.4||13.1||Tom Wilson|
|5 (tie)||Illinois||Pete Elliott||NR||#4||5–4||3–4||15.6||13.0||Joe Rutgens|
|5 (tie)||Michigan||Bump Elliott||NR||NR||5–4||3–4||14.8||9.3||Dennis Fitzgerald|
|5 (tie)||Northwestern||Ara Parseghian||NR||#6||5–4||3–4||11.9||11.4||Mike Stock|
|5 (tie)||Purdue||Jack Mollenkopf||#19||#7||4–4–1||3–4||23.6||18.1||Bernie Allen|
|9||Wisconsin||Milt Bruhn||NR||#11||4–5||2–5||16.4||20.3||Tom Wiesner|
|10||Indiana||Phil Dickens||NR||NR||1–8||0–7||7.7||27.0||Earl Faison|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1960 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1960 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold
The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1960 season include the following:
|4||Tom Wilson||Michigan State||761|
|1||Bob Ferguson||Ohio State||853|
|2||Tom Matte||Ohio State||682|
|4||Chuck Bryant||Ohio State||336|
|1||Tom Matte||Ohio State||1,419|
|4||Tom Wilson||Michigan State||936|
|1||Bob Ferguson||Ohio State||78|
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Tom Matte||Ohio State||AP [halfback], UPI [quarterback]|
|Halfback||Larry Ferguson||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Herb Adderly||Michigan State||UPI|
|Fullback||Bob Ferguson||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|End||Earl Faison||Indiana||AP, UPI|
|End||Elbert Kimbrough||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Jerry Beabout||Purdue||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Jim Tyrer||Ohio State||UPI|
|Guard||Tom Brown||Minnesota||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Mark Manders||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Center||Greg Larson||Minnesota||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Tom Brown||Minnesota||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, TSN, UPI, CP, Time, WCFF|
|Fullback||Bob Ferguson||Ohio State||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, CP, Time, WC|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|Guard||Mark Manders||Iowa||FWAA, TSN|
Minnesota's Tom Brown won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He also finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State quarterback Tom Matte of finished seventh in the Heisman voting.
1961 NFL Draft
|Tom Matte||Halfback||Ohio State||1||7|
|Herb Adderley||Back||Michigan State||1||12|
|Fred Arbanas||End||Michigan State||2||22|
|Ike Grimsley||Running back||Michigan State||7||91|
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- "Tom Brown Wins Tribune Silver Ball". Chicago Tribune. December 16, 1960. p. 70.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
- "1960 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- "1961 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2017.