For today's countdown piece we're taking a look at which Big Ten school had the best home record last season, as well as how they fared at home in conference play. The numbers can be seen below:
|School||Home Record||Home Record in Conference Play|
The list itself isn't a huge surprise, since the top teams obviously tend to have stronger records (less losses and what not) while the bottom of the conference tends to struggle. One of the talking points most seasons is that home field advantage is crucial in the Big Ten and that's clearly apparent as ten teams had a winning record at home in conference play, with two of the teams with losing records (Minnesota, Northwestern) going 4-5. The bottom two teams, Penn State and Rutgers, naturally ended up at the bottom of the conference.
To show how important home field advantage is (and how hard it is to win on the road), look at the bottom of the list. Nebraska had five home wins, Northwestern and Minnesota four, Penn State three and Rutgers two. While those numbers aren't the best compared to the other teams in the league, those five schools fared even worse on the road:
- Nebraska, who went 5-4 at home, went 0-9 on the road
- Northwestern and Minnesota won four games at home, but only went 2-7 away from their arenas
- Penn State won only one road game, edging Minnesota in the regular season finale
- Rutgers failed to win a single road game during the conference season