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27 Days - 30 B1G Years - 1984

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Remember the 2008 bowl season in the Big Ten? It's OK if you don't. You probably wanted to block it out. As a reminder, here's how it looked.

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
2009-01-05 Fiesta Bowl Texas 24 Ohio State 21 Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)
2009-01-01 Capital One Bowl Georgia 24 Michigan State 12 Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL)
2009-01-01 Outback Bowl Iowa 31 South Carolina 10 Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)
2009-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 38 Penn State 24 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
2008-12-31 Insight Bowl Kansas 42 Minnesota 21 Insight Bowl (Glendale, AZ)
2008-12-29 Alamo Bowl Missouri 30 Northwestern 23 Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX)
2008-12-27 Champs Sports Bowl Florida State 42 Wisconsin 13 Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL)

It was an awful year in the league. We were humiliated. We'd never recover (it would take until 2009, when the league won 2 BCS games and placed 4 in the final Top 15).

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That's a not a new story line. 1984 was the first season that the Big Ten sent a majority of its schools to bowls. Here's how the six fared.

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1985-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 20 Ohio State 17 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1984-12-31 Peach Bowl Virginia 27 Purdue 24 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1984-12-29 Hall of Fame Classic Kentucky 20 Wisconsin 19 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)
1984-12-26 Freedom Bowl Iowa 55 Texas 17 Freedom Bowl (Anaheim, CA)
1984-12-22 Cherry Bowl Army 10 Michigan State 6 Cherry Bowl (Pontiac, MI)
1984-12-21 Holiday Bowl Brigham Young 24 Michigan 17 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

You see, there are no new plots, only recreations of our old tales.