Friday’s Den: Big 14 football knowledge

Illinois
— 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 74 starts return on offensive line; QB started 18 games at Syracuse.
— Last three years, they’re 9-5 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last 10 years, they’re 39-79 SU
— Last bowl win was in 2011.

Indiana
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 61 starts return on offensive line; QB 20 starts at Missouri
— Since 2016, they’re 5-13 ATS as a road underdog.
— Allen is 11-2 ATS as a home favorite; 4-11 as home underdog.
— Lost last five bowls, last four by total of 12 points.

Iowa
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 44 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 19 starts
— Last four years, they’re 21-13 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2015, Iowa is +63 in turnovers (88 games)
— won three of last four bowls (4-0 ATS)

Maryland
— 9 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 94 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 17 starts
— Locksley is 19-30 ATS as an underdog.
— Last year was their first bowl since 2016; they beat Va Tech 54-10.
— Average total in their last five bowls: 63.6.

Michigan
— 9 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 85 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 15 starts
— Last four years, they’re 13-7 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last 10 years, they’re 15-23-1 ATS in non-conference games.
— lost last five bowls; allowed 36.7 ppg in last three

Michigan State
— 5 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 90 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 14 starts
— 11-2 SU LY (16-17 SU previous three years)
— Tucker is 7-2 ATS as a home underdog.
— won three of last four bowls (4-0 ATS)

Minnesota
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 64 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 39 starts
— since 2014, they’re 11-6-1 ATS as a home underdog.
— since 2013, they’re 9-4-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— won last five bowls (were underdog in 3 of 5 games)

Nebraska
— 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 78 starts return on offensive line; junior QB started 10 games at Texas
— Last five years, they’re 19-37 SU.
— Under Frost, they’re 8-15 ATS when favored, 13-7-1 as an underdog.
— Nebraska’s last bowl was in 2016

Northwestern
— 9 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 110 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 16 starts
— Under Fitzgerald: 32-48-2 ATS as favorite, 37-21 as road underdog.
— Since 2014, they’re 10-16-2 ATS out of conference
— won last four bowls (were underdog in 2 of 4 bowls)

Ohio State
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 45 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 12 starts
— Day is 20-10-1 ATS as a favorite.
— Last 10 years, Ohio State is 117-13 SU.
— average total in their last three bowls: 82.0.

Penn State
— 7 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 36 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 33 starts
— Under Franklin, they’re 9-12 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2016, they’re 12-8 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2014, they’re 8-23 ATS coming off a loss.

Purdue
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 77 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 15 starts
— Since 2018: 3-9 ATS as home favorite, 8-4 as home underdog.
— Last year was their second winning season in last decade.
— 3-2 SU last five bowls, despite giving up 46.6 ppg.

Rutgers
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 73 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 20 starts; another QB is freshman who threw 5 passes LY.
— Last two years: 1-7 ATS as home underdog, 6-1 as road underdog.
— Last two years, they’re +8 in turnovers (previous two years, they were minus-27)
— lost 3 of last 4 bowls (were double digit underdog in 2 of last 3). Last bowl win: 2014

Wisconsin
— 5 starters back on offense, 3 on defense
— 57 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 20 starts
— 17-24 ATS last 41 games as HF; 19-7 last 26 as road favorite.
— since 2013, they’re 23-13 ATS out of conference
— won four of last five bowl games. 

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