After years of taking guff from pundits, recruiting gurus and ex-jocks-turned-ESPN-analysts about how the Big Ten is the Big Lots of football conferences, the conference finally got a word in edgewise this bowl season.
That word is, "Ha!"
Let's go to the highlights: Ohio State won the Rose Bowl, seemingly their first bowl win since Woody Hayes was running Archie Griffin up the middle 45 times a game. Penn State beat LSU in the Capitol One Bowl. Wisconsin beat Miami in the Champ Sports Bowl, and Iowa clocked Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
This should put to rest all the downing of the conference. For, oh, five minutes or so.