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Big Ten reaping rewards of investment, winnning battle with SEC for elite status

Big Ten reaping rewards of investment, winnning battle with SEC for elite status

CHICAGO — The phrase "that's how we've always done it" wasn't cutting it for the Big Ten. The conference has been around for more than 120 years, boasts four of the winningest programs in college football history and was once home to coaching legends simply known as Bo and Woody, but the Big Ten still needed a reality check. A decade removed from the driver's seat or even riding shotgun, the league had been relegated to the backseat of the Power 5's drive to the future — or so it seemed. It has been eight months since Ohio State stunned Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to claim the national title and you could sense a change at Big...

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