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Eras of the Big Ten Conference

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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:32 AM

Eras of the Big Ten Conference 


I did a post like this a while back.  This is updated.  

I define the "Eras of the BigTen" as follows:

Foundation Era, 1896-1916 (21 years) - This was a very fluid period in terms of membership.  At the original meeting at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago on January 11, 1895 the Institutions represented were:
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Lake Forest College
A year later when the group met again to establish the conference on February 8, 1896 Lake Forest had been replaced by the University of Michigan.  Iowa and Indiana joined starting with the 1900 football season.  Michigan dropped out (or was kicked out depending on who you ask) after the 1906 season.  Ohio State joined for the 1913 season.  
Championships:
FoundationyrsyrsCyrs/c
M1896-19061161.83
MN1896-19162182.63
tOSU1913-1916414
Chicago1896-19162154.2
UW1896-19162154.2
ILL1896-19162137
IA1900-191617117
NU1896-191621121
MSUn/a00n/a
PSUn/a00n/a
UNLn/a00n/a
PU1896-1916210####
IU1900-1916170####
Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #3 Michigan, 151-24-10--0.84324
  2. #5 Minnesota, 141-32-11--0.79620
  3. #9 Chicago, 141-37-12--0.77368
  4. #11 Nebraska, 138-38-9--0.77027 (not then a member obviously but included for reference)
  5. #12 Wisconsin, 120-33-10--0.76687
  6. #*    Michigan State, 106-40-11--0.71019
  7. #30 Ohio State, 125-55-17--0.67766
  8. #32 Illinois, 111-51-14--0.67045
  9. #47 Penn State, 118-67-7--0.63281
  10. #49 Iowa, 101-59-6--0.62651
  11. #55 Northwestern, 92-62-14--0.58929
  12. #58 Indiana, 88-61-11--0.58437
  13. #69 Purdue, 78-67-11--0.53526
  14. #*    Maryland, 83-84-12--0.49721
  15. #85 Rutgers, 72-97-16--0.43243
*rank not given because they were not listed on the "1a equivalent as of 1916" list that rankings were taken from.

First Big Ten Era, 1917-1939 (23 years) - Michigan returned from their hiatus for the 1917 football season and from 1917-1939 the conference had the following ten members:
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Northwestern
  • Purdue
  • Ohio State
  • Michigan
Championships:
First Big TenyrsyrsCyrs/c
M1917-19392392.56
MN1917-19392363.83
ILL1917-19392354.6
tOSU1917-19392345.75
PU1917-19392345.75
NU1917-19392345.75
IA1917-193923211.5
Chicago1917-193923211.5
MSUn/a00n/a
PSUn/a00n/a
UNLn/a00n/a
UW1917-1939230####
IU1917-1939230####
Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #10 Michigan, 127-48-8--0.71585
  2. #12 Nebraska, 127-47-20--0.70619
  3. #19 Ohio State, 118-50-13--0.68785
  4. #25 Minnesota, 113-50-15--0.67697
  5. #50 Illinois, 109-63-9--0.62707
  6. #59 Purdue, 100-64-14--0.60112
  7. #68 Penn State, 104-75-17--0.57398
  8. #*   Rutgers, 111-82-9--0.57181
  9. #75 Wisconsin, 94-71-16--0.56354
  10. #79 Michigan State, 103-81-13--0.55584
  11. #81 Iowa, 94-76-11--0.54972
  12. #84 Maryland, 113-93-16--0.54505
  13. #85 Northwestern, 92-76-10--0.54494
  14. #113 Chicago, 75-91-14--0.45556
  15. #115 Indiana, 71-88-17--0.45170

Big Nine Era, 1940-1952 (13 years) - Chicago dropped out after the 1939 season (they had not been competitive for some time going 0-3 in 1939, 0-4 in 1938, 0-4 in 1937, and 1-4 in 1936).  Thus the conference was back to nine members.  

Championships:
Big NineyrsyrsCyrs/c
M1940-19521352.6
tOSU1940-19521334.33
MN1940-19521326.5
ILL1940-19521326.5
PU1940-19521326.5
UW1940-195213113
IU1940-195213113
Chicagon/a00n/a
MSUn/a00n/a
PSUn/a00n/a
UNLn/a00n/a
NU1940-1952130####
IA1940-1952130####
Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #4 Michigan, 89-27-4--0.75833
  2. #8 Penn State, 79-29-7--0.71739
  3. #9 Michigan State, 73-27-7--0.71495
  4. #20 Ohio State, 73-36-8--0.65812
  5. #21 Rutgers, 66-35-2--0.65049
  6. #27 Maryland, 72-44-7--0.61382
  7. #31 Minnesota, 67-43-5--0.60435
  8. #67 Wisconsin, 57-54-7--0.51271
  9. #70 Illinois, 58-56-6--0.50833
  10. #74 Northwestern, 55-57-4--0.49138
  11. #83 Indiana, 53-61-5--0.46639
  12. #88 Purdue, 51-62-4--0.45299
  13. #101 Nebraska, 47-71-2--0.40000
  14. #106 Iowa, 40-69-5--0.37281

Second Big Ten Era, 1953-1992 (40 years)
- Michigan State joined for the 1953 football season and the conference had 10 members from then through the 1992 football season.  
Championships:
Second Big TenyrsyrsCyrs/c
M1953-199240172.35
tOSU1953-199240172.35
IA1953-19924066.67
MSU1953-19924066.67
ILL1953-199240410
MN1953-199240220
UW1953-199240220
PU1953-199240140
IU1953-199240140
Chicagon/a00n/a
PSUn/a00n/a
UNLn/a00n/a
NU1953-1992400####
Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #2 Penn State, 334-106-5--0.75618
  2. #3 Ohio State, 311-102-12--0.74588
  3. #5 Nebraska, 329-122-7--0.72598
  4. #6 Michigan, 306-114-12--0.72222
  5. #37 Michigan State, 233-174-12--0.57041
  6. #44 Rutgers, 224-177-5--0.55788
  7. #51 Maryland, 226-202-8--0.52752
  8. #59 Purdue, 206-193-15--0.51570
  9. #65 Iowa, 209-202-14--0.50824
  10. #73 Minnesota, 190-214-11--0.47108
  11. #78 Illinois, 185-219-15--0.45943
  12. #85 Wisconsin, 175-227-14--0.43750
  13. #98 Indiana, 156-253-8--0.38369
  14. #107 Northwestern, 112-292-6--0.28049

Big11Ten Era, 1993-2010 (18 years) - Penn State joined for the 1993 football season bringing the total membership up to 11.  
Championships:
Big11TenyrsyrsCyrs/c
tOSU1993-20101892
M1993-20101853.6
UW1993-20101844.5
NU1993-20101836
IA1993-20101829
ILL1993-201018118
PU1993-201018118
MSU1993-201018118
PSU1993-201018118
Chicagon/a00n/a
UNLn/a00n/a
MN1993-2010180####
IU1993-2010180####
Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #1 Ohio State, 170-44-1--0.79302
  2. #4 Nebraska, 175-55-0--0.75758
  3. #13 Wisconsin, 156-67-4--0.69604
  4. #17 Michigan, 153-70-0--0.68610
  5. #36 Iowa, 127-91-1--0.58219
  6. #58 Michigan State, 112-105-1--0.51606
  7. #63 Purdue, 109-105-3--0.50922
  8. #65 Maryland, 107-106-0--0.50235
  9. #72 Northwestern, 103-112-1--0.47917
  10. #85 Minnesota, 95-120-0--0.44186
  11. #87 Penn State, 51-68-0--0.42857
  12. #96 Rutgers, 83-126-1--0.39762
  13. #97 Illinois, 82-127-1--0.39286
  14. #103 Indiana, 74-133-0--0.35749

Transitional Era, 2011-? (3 years so far) - I consider this to be open because the ultimate goal obviously wasn't to get to 12 and I don't think it is to get to 14 either.  
Championships:
TransitionyrsyrsCyrs/c
UW2011-2013321.5
MSU2011-2013313
M2011-201330####
MN2011-201330####
ILL2011-201330####
tOSU2011-201330####
PU2011-201330####
NU2011-201330####
IA2011-201330####
Chicago2011-201330####
IU2011-201330####
PSU2011-201330####
UNL2011-201330####
Division Titles:
TransitionyrsyrsCyrs/c
MSU2011-2013321.5
tOSU2011-2013321.5
UW2011-2013313
UNL2011-2013313
M2011-201330####
MN2011-201330####
ILL2011-201330####
PU2011-201330####
NU2011-201330####
IA2011-201330####
Chicago2011-201330####
IU2011-201330####
PSU2011-201330####

Overall record:
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #11/13 Ohio State, 30-9--0.76923
  2. #14 Michigan State, 31-10--0.75610
  3. #21 Nebraska, 28-12--0.70000
  4. #26 Wisconsin, 28-13--0.68293
  5. #28/30 Michigan, 26-13--0.66667
  6. #38/40 Rutgers, 24-15--0.61538
  7. #59/61 Northwestern, 21-17--0.55263
  8. #64 Penn State, 15-13--0.53571
  9. #69/70 Iowa, 19-19--0.50000
  10. #81/82, Minnesota, 17-21--0.44737
  11. #95 Purdue, 14-24--0.36842
  12. #97/100 Illinois, 13-24--0.35135
  13. #97-100 Maryland, 13-24--0.35135
  14. #107/111 Indiana, 10-26--0.27778
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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:53 AM

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I would have left Nebraska out until they became a member (makes reviewing rankings weird), but otherwise good stuff! 

At least there's always basketball for Indiana. devil


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Posted: 8/8/2014 3:14 PM

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One of the things I have always found intriguing in this history is Minnesota's rapid and complete fall from power.  It is easy to pick the point at which it happened, WWII.  Prior to WWII (1896-1941) Minnesota won more Titles than any other team in the Conference.  

Minnesota won the Conference and National Titles in 1941.  That was their seventh Conference Title in nine years and their fifth National Title in eight years.  Who then would have guessed that they would only win two Conference Titles in the following 72 years and counting?  

Conference titles 1896-1941:
  1. 16 - Minnesota
  2. 15 - Michigan
  3. 8 - Illinois
  4. 7 - Chicago
  5. 5 - Northwestern
  6. 5 - Wisconsin (tie)
  7. 5 - Ohio State (tie)
  8. 4 - Purdue
  9. 3 - Iowa
  10. 0 - Indiana
National Championships (1869-1941):
  1. 8 - Michigan (1901, 02, 03, 04, 18, 23, 32, 33)
  2. 6 - Minnesota (1904, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41)
  3. 4 - Illinois (1914, 19, 23, 27)
  4. 2 - Chicago (1905, 13)
  5. 1 - Iowa (1921)
  6. 1 - Rutgers (1869)
  7. 0 - Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin
Overall record (1869-1941):
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #5 Michigan, 349-99-21--0.76652
  2. #6 Minnesota, 307-95-28--0.74651
  3. #8 Nebraska, 298-103-31--0.72569
  4. #31 Ohio State, 275-132-33--0.66250
  5. #34 Wisconsin, 244-127-28--0.64662
  6. #41 Illinois, 251-139-29--0.63365
  7. #46 Michigan State, 217-128-26--0.61995
  8. #48 Penn State, 264-157-30--0.61863
  9. #*    Chicago, 241-146-31--0.61364
  10. #69 Purdue, 217-153-27--0.58060
  11. #73 Iowa, 218-163.19--0.56875
  12. #78 Northwestern, 223-169-33--0.56353
  13. #94 Maryland, 211-194-30--0.51954
  14. #108 Indiana, 172-180-32--0.48958
  15. #*    Rutgers, 246-267-34--0.48080
Minnesota is clearly one of the elites of the conference up to 1941.  Since then, not so much.  

Conference titles 1942-2013:
  1. 29 - Ohio State
  2. 27 - Michigan
  3. 9 - Wisconsin
  4. 8 - Michigan State (1953-2013)
  5. 8 - Iowa (tie)
  6. 7 - Illinois
  7. 4 - Purdue
  8. 3 - Northwestern
  9. 2 - Indiana
  10. 2 - Minnesota (tie)
  11. 1 - Penn State (1993-2013 and two were vacated)
National Championships (1942-2013):
  1. 7 - Ohio State (1942, 54, 57, 61, 68, 70, 02)
  2. 6 - Michigan State (1951, 52, 55, 57, 65, 66)
  3. 5 - Nebraska (1970, 71, 94, 95, 97)
  4. 3 - Michigan (1947, 48, 97)
  5. 2 - Iowa (1956, 60),
  6. 2 - Penn State (1982, 86) (tie)
  7. 1 - Illinois (1951)
  8. 1 - Maryland (1953)(tie)
  9. 1 - Minnesota (1960)(tie)
  10. 0 - Rutgers, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern

Overall record (1942-2013):
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #2 Ohio State, 574-186-20--0.74872
  2. #5 Michigan, 561-222-15--0.71241
  3. #9 Nebraska, 567-254-9--0.68855
  4. #10 Penn State, 466-213-11--0.68333
  5. #31 Michigan State, 441-309-18--0.58594
  6. #54 Wisconsin, 409-352-25--0.53626
  7. #63 Maryland, 413-365-13--0.53034
  8. #67 Rutgers, 385-348-8--0.52497
  9. #73 Iowa, 388-372-20--0.51026
  10. #77 Purdue, 376-373-21--0.50195
  11. #91 Minnesota, 353-398-16--0.47066
  12. #97 Illinois, 335-413-22--0.44935
  13. #117 Indiana, 288-462-13--0.38598
  14. #121 Northwestern, 280-473-11--0.37369
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Posted: 8/8/2014 3:19 PM

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I had no idea Maryland and Rutgers would fit in between Wisconsin and Iowa from 1940-2013

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Posted: 8/8/2014 9:20 PM

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medinabuckeye1 wrote:
#28/30 Michigan, 26-13--0.66667
I knew they were of the Devil. devil

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Posted: 8/9/2014 1:02 PM

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medinabuckeye1 wrote: One of the things I have always found intriguing in this history is Minnesota's rapid and complete fall from power.  It is easy to pick the point at which it happened, WWII.  Prior to WWII (1896-1941) Minnesota won more Titles than any other team in the Conference.  

Minnesota won the Conference and National Titles in 1941.  That was their seventh Conference Title in nine years and their fifth National Title in eight years.  Who then would have guessed that they would only win two Conference Titles in the following 72 years and counting?  

Conference titles 1896-1941:
  1. 16 - Minnesota
  2. 15 - Michigan
  3. 8 - Illinois
  4. 7 - Chicago
  5. 5 - Northwestern
  6. 5 - Wisconsin (tie)
  7. 5 - Ohio State (tie)
  8. 4 - Purdue
  9. 3 - Iowa
  10. 0 - Indiana
National Championships (1869-1941):
  1. 8 - Michigan (1901, 02, 03, 04, 18, 23, 32, 33)
  2. 6 - Minnesota (1904, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41)
  3. 4 - Illinois (1914, 19, 23, 27)
  4. 2 - Chicago (1905, 13)
  5. 1 - Iowa (1921)
  6. 1 - Rutgers (1869)
  7. 0 - Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin
Overall record (1869-1941):
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #5 Michigan, 349-99-21--0.76652
  2. #6 Minnesota, 307-95-28--0.74651
  3. #8 Nebraska, 298-103-31--0.72569
  4. #31 Ohio State, 275-132-33--0.66250
  5. #34 Wisconsin, 244-127-28--0.64662
  6. #41 Illinois, 251-139-29--0.63365
  7. #46 Michigan State, 217-128-26--0.61995
  8. #48 Penn State, 264-157-30--0.61863
  9. #*    Chicago, 241-146-31--0.61364
  10. #69 Purdue, 217-153-27--0.58060
  11. #73 Iowa, 218-163.19--0.56875
  12. #78 Northwestern, 223-169-33--0.56353
  13. #94 Maryland, 211-194-30--0.51954
  14. #108 Indiana, 172-180-32--0.48958
  15. #*    Rutgers, 246-267-34--0.48080
Minnesota is clearly one of the elites of the conference up to 1941.  Since then, not so much.  

Conference titles 1942-2013:
  1. 29 - Ohio State
  2. 27 - Michigan
  3. 9 - Wisconsin
  4. 8 - Michigan State (1953-2013)
  5. 8 - Iowa (tie)
  6. 7 - Illinois
  7. 4 - Purdue
  8. 3 - Northwestern
  9. 2 - Indiana
  10. 2 - Minnesota (tie)
  11. 1 - Penn State (1993-2013 and two were vacated)
National Championships (1942-2013):
  1. 7 - Ohio State (1942, 54, 57, 61, 68, 70, 02)
  2. 6 - Michigan State (1951, 52, 55, 57, 65, 66)
  3. 5 - Nebraska (1970, 71, 94, 95, 97)
  4. 3 - Michigan (1947, 48, 97)
  5. 2 - Iowa (1956, 60),
  6. 2 - Penn State (1982, 86) (tie)
  7. 1 - Illinois (1951)
  8. 1 - Maryland (1953)(tie)
  9. 1 - Minnesota (1960)(tie)
  10. 0 - Rutgers, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern

Overall record (1942-2013):
B1G Rank  Natl Rank Team, W-L-T--pct
  1. #2 Ohio State, 574-186-20--0.74872
  2. #5 Michigan, 561-222-15--0.71241
  3. #9 Nebraska, 567-254-9--0.68855
  4. #10 Penn State, 466-213-11--0.68333
  5. #31 Michigan State, 441-309-18--0.58594
  6. #54 Wisconsin, 409-352-25--0.53626
  7. #63 Maryland, 413-365-13--0.53034
  8. #67 Rutgers, 385-348-8--0.52497
  9. #73 Iowa, 388-372-20--0.51026
  10. #77 Purdue, 376-373-21--0.50195
  11. #91 Minnesota, 353-398-16--0.47066
  12. #97 Illinois, 335-413-22--0.44935
  13. #117 Indiana, 288-462-13--0.38598
  14. #121 Northwestern, 280-473-11--0.37369
And we have been waiting and waiting to return to the top.  Kill may be the guy but time will tell.  in each of his seasons he has improved the team.  Schedule has not been in our favor and we get a tough 4 game stretch this season but as the team improves we want those tougher games.  it will make it sweeter if we win them. 

Last season no one ever would have predicted the 4 game winning stretch while being double digit underdogs in each of those games.  

The history of Minnesota football is a proud one but many of those fans are long gone that can remember the glory years. I was lucky to have a Dad that  knew of those days.  it is time for a new generation of Gopher fans to see some winning seasons and to get back to the top.  It can be done and hopefully Coach Kill and Company will get it done!
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Posted: 8/9/2014 8:53 PM

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Nice work.

 

        I would suggest breaking your second Big Ten era 1953-1992 into two parts splitting between the one-platoon era roughly 1953-1964, and two platoon (modern football) era 1965-1992. The change from one-platoon to two-platoon  was arguably the biggest single change in football since WWII.  Before 1965 most players played both offense and defense. This allowed for far fewer players on scholarship and limited the amount of specialization.  For programs like Minnesota, Michigan State, and Iowa, the limited number of scholarships was an equalizer.  When two platoon football came in it favored those that could organize and train large groups of athletes.  Systematic improvements in strength and conditioning programs also happened around the same time in the early 1960’s.  Some coaches like Nebraska’s Bob Devaney took full advantage of two platoon football.  Others like athletic director Forest Evashevshki at Iowa, never like the transition from one-platoon football and stood in the way of adapting to the times. 



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Posted: 8/9/2014 11:00 PM

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1969 - Boyd Epley 1st paid strength coach

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Posted: 8/10/2014 9:48 PM

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TyphonInc wrote:
medinabuckeye1 wrote:
#28/30 Michigan, 26-13--0.66667
I knew they were of the Devil. devil
Obviously!
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Posted: 8/10/2014 9:49 PM

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FearlessF wrote: I had no idea Maryland and Rutgers would fit in between Wisconsin and Iowa from 1940-2013
This surprised me as well.  There is an argument to be made about sos, but it is still somewhat impressive.
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Posted: 8/10/2014 9:53 PM

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AreWeThereYet wrote:

Nice work.

 

        I would suggest breaking your second Big Ten era 1953-1992 into two parts splitting between the one-platoon era roughly 1953-1964, and two platoon (modern football) era 1965-1992. The change from one-platoon to two-platoon  was arguably the biggest single change in football since WWII.  Before 1965 most players played both offense and defense. This allowed for far fewer players on scholarship and limited the amount of specialization.  For programs like Minnesota, Michigan State, and Iowa, the limited number of scholarships was an equalizer.  When two platoon football came in it favored those that could organize and train large groups of athletes.  Systematic improvements in strength and conditioning programs also happened around the same time in the early 1960’s.  Some coaches like Nebraska’s Bob Devaney took full advantage of two platoon football.  Others like athletic director Forest Evashevshki at Iowa, never like the transition from one-platoon football and stood in the way of adapting to the times. 


FearlessF wrote: 1969 - Boyd Epley 1st paid strength coach
It is probably not coincidental that the "Big Two" era (1968-1982) started at about the same time.
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Posted: 8/10/2014 9:59 PM

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benthere2 wrote: And we have been waiting and waiting to return to the top.  Kill may be the guy but time will tell.  in each of his seasons he has improved the team.  Schedule has not been in our favor and we get a tough 4 game stretch this season but as the team improves we want those tougher games.  it will make it sweeter if we win them. 

Last season no one ever would have predicted the 4 game winning stretch while being double digit underdogs in each of those games.  

The history of Minnesota football is a proud one but many of those fans are long gone that can remember the glory years. I was lucky to have a Dad that  knew of those days.  it is time for a new generation of Gopher fans to see some winning seasons and to get back to the top.  It can be done and hopefully Coach Kill and Company will get it done!
I don't know that Minnesota could return to their pre WWII heights.  Back then, as demonstrated above, they were one of the strongest programs in the nation.  However, there does not seem to be a reason that they have fallen so far.  They should at least be able to be competitive.
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Posted: 8/10/2014 10:23 PM

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1965-1972 no limit on scholarships

1973-1977 105 ships

1978-1991 95 ships

1992 92 ships

1993 88 ships

1994 85 ships

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Posted: 8/12/2014 10:48 PM

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lots of good stuff.

I didn't know Sparty had so many NCs. 



Don't know much about these guys either.

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