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Big Ten Selection Snapshots

One game remains in the Big Ten as Michigan State and Ohio State face off in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship this weekend. Both teams went 8-0 in conference play to set up the meeting of top 10 teams. Here’s a breakdown of the five teams who could still make their way to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. Teams are listed alphabetically.

Iowa
Record: 8-4, 5-3 Big Ten
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 3-4
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: @Minnesota (23-7), vs. Michigan (24-21), @Nebraska (38-17)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): None
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): None
Losses: vs. Northern Illinois (30-27), vs. Michigan State (26-14), @Ohio State (34-24), vs. Wisconsin (28-9)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2011 Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma (lost 31-14)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2004 Capital One Bowl vs. LSU (won 30-25)
Top Players:
RB Mark Weisman – 973 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns
QB Jake Rudock – 2,281 passing yards, 18 touchdowns
LB James Morris – 98 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score)
Vs. Alabama: No previous meetings
Vs. Auburn: No previous meetings
Vs. LSU: 1-0, last meeting 1/1/2005, Capital One Bowl – won 30-25
Vs. Missouri: 3-1, last meeting 12/28/2010, Insight Bowl – won 27-24
Vs. South Carolina: 1-0, last meeting 1/1/2009, Outback Bowl – won 31-10

No. 10 Michigan State

Record: 11-1, 8-0 Big Ten
Remaining Games: vs. No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten Championship)
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 4-1
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: @Iowa (26-14), vs. Michigan (29-6), @Nebraska (41-28), vs. Minnesota (14-3)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): None
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): vs. No. 21 Michigan (29-6)
Losses: @Notre Dame (17-13)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU (won 17-16)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama (lost 49-7)
Top Players:
RB Jeremy Langford – 1,254 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns
DE Shilique Calhoun – 13.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 1 interception, 4 fumble recoveries, 3 touchdowns
S Kurtis Drummond – 81 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score)
Vs. Alabama: 0-1, last meeting 1/1/2011, Capital One Bowl – lost 49-7
Vs. Auburn: 0-1, last meeting 1/1/1938, Orange Bowl – lost 6-0
Vs. LSU: 0-1, last meeting 12/29/1995, Independence Bowl – lost 45-26
Vs. Missouri: 5-3, last meeting 12/1/2001 – won 55-7
Vs. South Carolina: No previous meetings

Minnesota
Record: 8-4, 4-4 Big Ten
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 3-4
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: vs. UNLV (51-23), vs. San Jose State (43-24), vs. Nebraska (34-23)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): None
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): vs. No. 24 Nebraska (34-23)
Losses: vs. Iowa (23-7), @Michigan (42-13), vs. Wisconsin (20-7), @Michigan State (14-3)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2012 Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl (lost 34-31)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2000 MicronPC.com Bowl vs. NC State (lost 38-30) *Played in Miami, last game before the bowl moved to Orlando
Top Players:
RB David Cobb – 1,149 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns
WR Derrick Engel – 401 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns
DL Theiren Cockran – 10.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score)
Vs. Alabama: 1-0, last meeting 12/31/2004, Music City Bowl – won 20-16
Vs. Auburn: No previous meetings
Vs. LSU: No previous meetings
Vs. Missouri: 3-4-1, last meeting 9/19/1970 – lost 34-12
Vs. South Carolina: No previous meetings

Nebraska
Record: 8-4, 5-3 Big Ten
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 1-4
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: @Michigan (17-13)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): None
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): None
Losses: vs. UCLA (41-21), @Minnesota (34-23), vs. Michigan State (41-28), vs. Iowa (38-17)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2013 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia (lost 45-31)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2013 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia (lost 45-31)
Top Players:
RB Ameer Abdullah – 1,568 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns
WR Quincy Enunwa – 624 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste – 35 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score)
Vs. Alabama: 2-3, last meeting 9/2/1978 – lost 20-3
Vs. Auburn: 3-1, last meeting 1/1/2007, Cotton Bowl – lost 17-14
Vs. LSU: 5-0-1, last meeting 1/1/1987, Sugar Bowl – won 30-15
Vs. Missouri: 60-33-3, last meeting 10/30/2010 – won 31-17
Vs. South Carolina: 3-1, last meeting 1/2/2012, Capital One Bowl – lost 30-13

No. 21 Wisconsin

Record: 9-3, 6-2 Big Ten
Record vs. bowl-eligible teams: 3-2
Wins over bowl-eligible teams: @Iowa (28-9), vs. BYU (27-17), @Minnesota (20-7)
Wins over ranked opponents (current BCS standings): None
Wins over ranked opponents (when they played): vs. No. 19 Northwestern (35-6)
Losses: vs. Penn State (31-24), @Arizona State (32-30), @Ohio State (31-24)
Last Bowl Appearance: 2013 Rose Bowl vs. Stanford (lost 20-14)
Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: 2009 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami (won 20-14)
Top Players:
RB Melvin Gordon- 1,504 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns
RB James White- 1,376 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns
WR Jared Abbrederis- 1,051 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns
LB Chris Borland- 102 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Series Records vs. Possible Opponents (With last meeting score)
Vs. Alabama: 0-1, last meeting 11/3/1928 – won 15-0
Vs. Auburn: 1-1-1, last meeting 1/2/2006, Capital One Bowl – won 24-10
Vs. LSU: 0-2, last meeting 9/30/1972 – lost 27-7
Vs. Missouri: 4-1, last meeting 9/15/1984 – won 35-34
Vs. South Carolina: No previous meetings

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