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Episode 159 – Big Ten Bounces Back

Ohio State running back Ezekial Ellito is joined by teammates to celebrate Sugar Bowl MVP honors following a win over Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.Ohio State running back Ezekial Ellito is joined by teammates to celebrate Sugar Bowl MVP honors following a win over Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.

In week two of the 2014 college football season there were many willing to write off the entire Big Ten from the playoff conversation. Yeah. About that…

Few conferences enjoyed the new year the way the Big Ten did. The conference went 3-1 on January 1, and all three victories were notable and not to be shrugged aside. Wisconsin topped Auburn in a wild overtime game that scored the highest rating for any televised program in the history of ESPN 2. Michigan State came back from the dead to stun Big 12 champion Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. Not to be outdone, Big Ten champion Ohio State pulled away from SEC champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to advance to the first College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. There, the Buckeyes will meet Pac-12 champion Oregon, who defeated ACC champion and defending BCS national champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl for the other semifinal.

The way the college football world are perceiving the Big Ten may be changing, and Ohio State can put a cherry on top of the most success bowl season for the Big Ten in quite some time. Can the Buckeyes get by the Ducks? History would suggest yes, they can, but history will not be out there on the field in AT&T Stadium Monday night. Plenty of talent on both sides of the field will make for one incredible game, the first time the Big Ten and Pac-12 will settle the national championship debate on the field since 1969. Will it be worth the wait?

Andy Coppens of Talking 10 (Facebook, Twitter) and Madtown Badgers (Facebook, Twitter, Fancred) is back again for his first appearance in 2015. Andy and I discuss the success the Big Ten has seen this postseason as well as share some thoughts on Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game. And, for fun, we mix in some resolutions for the new year.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.