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C.J. Beathard's passing yards, Iowa's record in single-digit games and a pair of 1,000-yard running backs were the key stats for the Hawkeyes in 2016.
Maybe bowl season didn't quite go as planned for the Big Ten, but the league is as strong as its ever been from top to bottom and trending up.
The early signing period should have much effect on the Big Ten; P.J. Fleck will have his work cut out for him in year one but the schedule isn't bad.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says two offensive assistant coaches won't return next season, wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and running backs/special teams coach Chris White.
Outback Bowl ends up a dud
Florida's dominance of Iowa in the Outback Bowl was a dud, not because of the Gators' tremendous play but rather the Hawkeyes' 11 punts and offensive struggles. Ranking the 42 bowl games
The Big Ten struggled at the finish line, but that doesn't mean there weren't a few bright spots amid a disappointing 3-7 bowl season.
The Buckeyes were clearly humbled by the shutout loss in the College Football Playoff, but they should find themselves in contention again next season.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz named offensive line coach and son Brian Ferentz as his new offensive coordinator Monday, less than a week after Greg Davis announced his retirement.
Star running backs Justin Jackson and Saquon Barkley shined during bowl season, combining for 418 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.
The Nittany Lions sit atop the final Big Ten Power Rankings after a narrow loss in the Rose Bowl and Ohio State's thumping at the hands of Clemson.
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis is retiring, the school announced. Davis spent the past five seasons calling plays and coaching quarterbacks for the Hawkeyes. Before that, he spent 13 years as the offensive coordinator at Texas, winning the Frank Broyles Award as the Longhorns won the 2006 BCS title. Iowa averaged 24.9 points per game in 2016, ranking 10th in the Big Ten and 95th in the FBS.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Big Ten West coaches in 2014: Tim Beckman (Illinois), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), Jerry Kill (Minnesota), Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Gary Andersen (Wisconsin) Big Ten West coaches in 2017: Lovie Smith (Illinois), Ferentz (Iowa), P.J. Fleck (Minnesota), Mike Riley (Nebraska), Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Jeff Brohm (Purdue), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).
Iowa running back Akrum Wadley is returning for his senior season after a breakout junior year in which he emerged as the Hawkeyes' most explosive offensive weapon.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Iowa running back Akrum Wadley is returning for his senior season. Wadley led the Hawkeyes with 1,081 rush yards and 10 touchdowns on 168 carries this season. He also had 36 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Wadley said receiving his degree, another year of physical development and not ending his college career on a down note led him to stay. "We have some unfinished business," he said.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 16, and the Big Ten has NFL-ready talent. Plenty of players are weighing options.
The West Division will feature a mix of veteran and inexperienced signal-callers stepping into starting roles in 2017.
The Big Ten's best teams -- facing a daunting bowl schedule -- fell short, changing the narrative for the conference following a stellar fall.
Iowa will face a tough East Division crossover schedule in 2017 and must find replacements for departing stars C.J. Beathard and Desmond King.
Florida's defense delivered in a big way, holding Iowa to 226 total yards, as the Gators rolled over the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.
Austin Appleby threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 20 Florida end a two-game losing streak with a 30-3 rout of No. 21 Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Monday.