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Big Ten’s 12-1 mark last week was best in 6 years

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(AP) — The Big Ten is coming off its best week of non-conference play in six years with wins in 12 out of 13 games.

It followed the league’s worst showing in non-conference play in 22 years, one in which Big Ten teams lost six of nine games and had national college football analysts howling about the conference’s lack of strength.

The stunning turnaround didn’t result in any chest thumping among the coaches on Tuesday’s teleconference with reporters. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini said it’s “ludicrous” to judge a conference on one weekend, good or bad.

The last time the Big Ten had a winning percentage of .923 or better during a week in which it played more than two non-conference games was Sept. 26, 2008, according to STATS. The league went 11-0.

 

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