Big day for the Big Ten today. While UW has had a great non-conference season and will now coast into the Big Ten Season with a couple cupcakes in the next couple weeks, the rest of the Big Ten cannot say the same. The Big Ten has struggled against non-cupcakes this year and by my quick and unofficial count has just 2 wins against teams currently ranked in the top 25 (MSU vs. Kentucky, and UW vs. Florida). It's not for lack of opportunities. By my unofficial count the Big Ten is 2-11 against teams currently ranked in the top 25. There are also just not a lot of good wins in general.
Here's a quick list of mostly major conference opponents:
OSU beat Maryland and Marquette, still has Notre Dame
MSU beat Kentucky and Oklahoma, lost to UNC, still has @Texas
Iowa beat Notre Dame, lost @ISU and Villanova, no more big games
Minn beat FSU and lost to Arkansas, Cuse, no more big games
Indiana beat Washington, lost to UConn and @Cuse, still plays Notre Dame
Purdue beat BC, lost to Washington St and OKST, still has @West Virginia
PSU beat St Johns, lost to Ole Miss and @Pitt, no more big games
Mich beat FSU, lost to ISU, Charlotte and @Duke, still has AZ and Stanford
Nebraska beat Georgia and Miami, lost to UAB, UMass, @Creighton, no more big games
Northwestern lost @Stanford, @NCST, UCLA and Mizzu, no more big games
Much has been made about the poor strength of schedule in the Big Ten. The Big Ten had better start racking up some wins. There are 3 major conference opponents today, plus Purdue gets Butler.