The Big Ten is now mathematically accurate in one department: The number of bowl bids that league members received this year.
Thanks in large part to the addition of Nebraska, the Big Ten will send a record 10 football teams to bowl games, eclipsing the previous high of eight following the 2003 and 2007 seasons.
Two will participate in Bowl Championship Series games, with inaugural league champion University of Wisconsin facing Pac-12 champ Oregon in the Rose Bowl at 3:30 p.m. CT Jan. 2 and Michigan meeting Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl that evening at 7:30. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.
The most intriguing matchups at the next level will be played simultaneously, with the Cornhuskers battling South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 at noon on ABC, and Legends Division champ Michigan State facing SEC East champion Georgia on ESPN in its first Outback Bowl appearance.
Iowa will make a return trip to the Insight Bowl, facing Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma at 9 p.m. on Dec. 30 on ESPN.
Ohio State makes its first appearance at the Gator Bowl since 1978, when coach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmoIjMr1BZs" target="_blank">Woody Hayes punched Clemson's Charlie Bauman after the defensive lineman intercepted a pass late in the game. The Buckeyes will face Florida at noon on Jan. 2 on ESPN2.
Northwestern will appear in its fourth straight bowl game for the first time in program history, meeting Texas A&M at the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 on ESPN.
Penn State will face Houston and record-setting quarterback Case Keenum in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2 on ESPNU.
Purdue makes its first bowl appearance since 2007, facing Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 on ESPN.
Illinois will take on UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.