|2010 Big Ten Conference football season|
|League||NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)|
|Duration||September 2, 2010|
through January 4, 2011
|Number of teams||11|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network|
|2011 NFL Draft|
|Top draft pick||J. J. Watt (Wisconsin)|
|Picked by||Houston Texans, #11|
Michigan State Spartans
|Season MVP||Denard Robinson|
|2010 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 7 Wisconsin $+||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 14 Michigan State +||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 5 Ohio State %||0*||–||1||0*||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2010 Big Ten Conference football season was the 115th season for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Thursday, September 2, as conference member Minnesota traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to face Middle Tennessee, and Ohio State hosted the Thundering Herd of Marshall. The conference’s other 9 teams began their respective 2010 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition on Saturday, September 4. It was also the final season for the conference before the Nebraska Cornhuskers joined the conference from the Big 12 the following season.
After a 2010 NFL Draft, which saw 34 Big Ten athletes selected, 12 2009 first-team All-Big Ten selections, 8 second-team selections and 33 honorable mention selections returned for the 2010 season. The Big Ten held the 2010 Football Media Days and 39th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, August 2–3.
In a given year, each Big Ten team will play eight of the other Big Ten teams. Thus for any given team in a given year, there are two others which will not be competed against. Below is the breakdown of each team and its two "no-plays" for 2010:
- Illinois: Iowa, Wisconsin
- Indiana: Michigan State, Minnesota
- Iowa: Illinois, Purdue
- Michigan: Minnesota, Northwestern
- Michigan State: Indiana, Ohio State
- Minnesota: Indiana, Michigan
- Northwestern: Michigan, Ohio State
- Ohio State: Michigan State, Northwestern
- Penn State: Purdue, Wisconsin
- Purdue: Iowa, Penn State
- Wisconsin: Illinois, Penn State
In Weeks 3 and 4, the Big Ten had six teams ranked in both polls for the first time since September 13, 2004.
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Penn State @ Iowa 7:05 p.m. CT (Iowa's record in homecoming games is 52-41-5) 
- Northwestern @ Minnesota 11:00 a.m. CT (Minnesota's record in homecoming games is 54-33-3) 
- Illinois @ Penn State 12:00 p.m. ET (Penn State's record in homecoming games is 65-20-5) 
- Minnesota @ Wisconsin 11:00 a.m. ET (Wisconsin's record in homecoming games is 52-45-5) 
- Arkansas State @ Indiana 12:00 p.m. ET (Indiana's record in homecoming games is 43-48-6) 
- Iowa @ Michigan 3:30 p.m. ET (Michigan's record in homecoming games is 83-26) 
- Illinois @ Michigan State 12:00 p.m. ET (Michigan State's record in homecoming games is 61-30-3) 
- Minnesota @ Purdue 12:00 p.m. ET (Purdue's record in homecoming games is 48-35-4) 
- Indiana @ Illinois 11:00 a.m. CT (Illinois's record in homecoming games is 42-55-2) 
- Michigan State @ Northwestern 11:00 a.m. CT 
- Purdue @ Ohio State 12:00 p.m. ET (Ohio State's record in homecoming games is 64-19-5) 
On September 25, Joe Paterno became the fifth head coach to earn 150 victories as a member of the Big Ten Conference. On October 9, Jim Tressel became the first Big Ten head coach to earn 100 victories in his first ten seasons, surpassing Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr who achieved the milestone in their 11th seasons and he did so in the third fewest games (121), behind Schembechler and Fielding Yost (119) and ahead of Henry Williams (123). (The wins for the 2010 season were later vacated.) On November 6, Paterno became the first FBS coach to total 400 career wins.
Big Ten vs. BCS matchups
|September 4||Illinois||Missouri||Arch Rivalry||Missouri|
|September 4||Purdue||Notre Dame||Shillelagh Trophy||Notre Dame|
|September 11||Iowa State||Iowa||Cy-Hawk Trophy||Iowa|
|September 11||Michigan||Notre Dame||Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry||Michigan|
|September 11||Miami||Ohio State||Rematch of 2003 Fiesta Bowl (2002 National Championship)||Ohio State (Vacated)|
|September 11||Penn State||Alabama||Alabama|
|September 18||Notre Dame||Michigan State||Megaphone Trophy||Michigan State|
|September 18||Arizona State||Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
Week 3 attendance (September 18) set an all-time Big Ten single-day attendance record with an average of 78,844. All eight games had crowds of over 50,000; Michigan State (78,411), Wisconsin (81,332), Ohio State (105,075) and Michigan (110,187) had sellouts; and 100,610 patrons were in attendance for Penn State. It surpassed the September 3, 2005 eight-game single-day average of 76,475. On October 9, the Big Ten set a five-game attendance record of 88,034, surpassing the 87,620, set on October 28, 1995. Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin all hosted sellouts.
|Team||Stadium||Capacity||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4||Game 5||Game 6||Game 7||Game 8||Total||Average||% of Capacity|
|Michigan State||Spartan Stadium||75,005||75,769||78,411||70,926||73,108||74,441||71,128||71,111||—||514,984||73,556||98.1|
|Minnesota||TCF Bank Stadium||50,805||49,554||50,422||49,368||49,228||48,479||48,717||50,805||—||346,573||49,510||97.5|
|Ohio State||Ohio Stadium||102,329||105,040||105,454||105,075||105,017||105,291||105,387||105,466||105,491||842,231||105,278||102.9|
|Penn State||Beaver Stadium||107,282||101,213||100,610||104,840||107,638||108,539||104,147||102,649||—||729,636||104,233||97.2|
|Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium||80,321||78,469||81,332||77,224||80,328||81,194||80,477||80,011||—||559,035||79,862||99.4|
The following is the Big Ten Bowl game schedule.
|Insight Bowl||December 28, 2010||Iowa vs. Missouri||Iowa||27||Missouri||24||Tempe, Arizona||6 p.m.||ESPN||1-0|
|Texas Bowl||December 29, 2010||Illinois vs. Baylor||Illinois||38||Baylor||14||Houston, Texas||5 p.m.||ESPN||2-0|
|Capital One Bowl||January 1, 2011||Michigan State vs. Alabama||Alabama||49||Michigan State||7||Orlando, Florida||1 p.m.||ESPN||2-1|
|Outback Bowl||January 1, 2011||Penn State vs. Florida||Florida||37||Penn State||24||Tampa, Florida||1 p.m.||ABC||2-2|
|TicketCity Bowl||January 1, 2011||Northwestern vs. Texas Tech||Texas Tech||45||Northwestern||38||Dallas, Texas||ESPNU||2-3|
|Gator Bowl||January 1, 2011||Michigan vs. Mississippi State||Mississippi State||52||Michigan||14||Jacksonville, Florida||1:30 p.m.||ESPN2||2-4|
|Rose Bowl presented by Vizio||January 1, 2011||Wisconsin vs. TCU||TCU||21||Wisconsin||19||Pasadena, California||2:10 p.m.||ESPN||2-5|
|Sugar Bowl||January 4, 2011||Ohio State vs. Arkansas||Ohio State (Vacated)||31||Arkansas||26||New Orleans, Louisiana||8:30 p.m.||ESPN||2-5|
|*Big Ten team is bolded. +Time given is Central Time|
2011 NFL Draft
|2010 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Jeff Allen, Nate Bussey, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Damarlo Belcher, James Brewer, Mitch Ewald; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels, Adam Robinson, Ryan Donahue; MICHIGAN: Denard Robinson, Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, Mark Dell, Joel Foreman, Charlie Gantt, Marcus Hyde, Jerel Worthy; MINNESOTA: D.J. Burris; NORTHWESTERN: Drake Dunsmore, Jeremy Ebert, Brian Peters; OHIO STATE: Devin Barclay, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, John Simon; PENN STATE: Quinn Barham, Chris Colasanti, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye; PURDUE: Ricardo Allen, Dwayne Beckford, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Montee Ball, Niles Brinkley, Antonio Fenelus, Peter Konz, Bill Nagy, Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch, James White, Kevin Zeitler.
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: Tavon Wilson, ILL; Tyler Replogle, IND; Ricky Stanzi, IOWA; Mark Moundros, MICH; Kirk Cousins, MSU; Jon Hoese, MINN; Corbin Bryant, NU; Bryant Browning, OSU; Brett Brackett, PSU; Ryan Kerrigan, PUR; Scott Tolzien, WIS.
* Additional honorees due to ties
# Second team reduced by one due to additional first-team honoree
2010 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Nate Bussey, Derek Dimke, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Ted Bolser, Ben Chappell, Damarlo Belcher, James Brewer, Tyler Replogle; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels, Brett Greenwood, Jeremiha Hunter, Micah Hyde, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Marvin McNutt, Allen Reisner, Adam Robinson, Ryan Donahue; MICHIGAN: Jordan Kovacs, Mike Martin, Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Johnny Adams, Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Mark Dell, Joel Foreman, Trenton Robinson, Chris L. Rucker, Jerel Worthy, D.J. Young; MINNESOTA: D.J. Burris, Troy Stoudermire, Gary Tinsley; NORTHWESTERN: Corbin Bryant, Drake Dunsmore, Jordan Mabin, Al Netter; OHIO STATE: Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, John Simon; PENN STATE: Drew Astorino, Quinn Barham, Chris Colasanti, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Ollie Ogbu, Evan Royster, Devon Still, Collin Wagner; PURDUE: Kyle Adams, Peters Drey, Dennis Kelly, Ken Plue, Cody Webster, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Montee Ball, Aaron Henry, Peter Konz, Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor, Scott Tolzien, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch, Kevin Zeitler.
- #16: Jacksonville → Washington. (D) see #10: Washington → Jacksonville.
- #61: New York Jets → San Diego (PD). The Jets traded this conditional selection to San Diego for cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
- #72: Washington → New Orleans (PD). Washington traded this selection and a conditional 2012 sixth-round selection to New Orleans for offensive tackle Jammal Brown and a fifth-round selection.
- #135: multiple trades:
- #135: Denver → Tampa Bay (PD). Denver traded this selection to Tampa Bay for a 2010 seventh-round selection it acquired from Pittsburgh (225th overall; Denver selected Syd'Quan Thompson) and a 2010 seventh-round selection it acquired from Baltimore (232nd overall; Denver selected Jammie Kirlew).
- #135: Tampa Bay → Kansas City (PD). Tampa Bay traded this selection to Kansas City for Kansas City's 6th round selection (#187) and defensive tackle Alex Magee.
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