Big Ten Conference football champions

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Yearly Big Ten Conference football champions

YearChampionsNotes
1896WisconsinChicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin begin conference play
1897Wisconsin
1898Michigan
1899ChicagoIndiana and Iowa join conference
1900Iowa and MinnesotaIndiana and Iowa begin conference play
1901Michigan* and Wisconsin
1902Michigan*
1903Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern
1904Michigan and Minnesota
1905Chicago*
1906Michigan, Minnesota and WisconsinNorthwestern does not play football during this season
Michigan leaves the conference after this season
1907ChicagoNorthwestern does not play football during this season
1908Chicago
1909Minnesota
1910Illinois and Minnesota
1911Minnesota
1912WisconsinOhio State begins conference play
1913Chicago
1914Illinois
1915Illinois and Minnesota
1916Ohio State
1917Ohio StateMichigan rejoins conference play
1918Illinois, Michigan and Purdue
1919Illinois
1920Ohio State
1921Iowa
1922Chicago, Iowa and Michigan
1923Illinois* and Michigan
1924Chicago
1925Michigan
1926Michigan and Northwestern
1927Illinois* and Minnesota
1928Illinois
1929Purdue
1930Michigan and Northwestern
1931Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue
1932Michigan* and Purdue
1933Michigan* and Minnesota
1934Minnesota*
1935Minnesota* and Ohio State
1936NorthwesternMinnesota*
1937Minnesota
1938Minnesota
1939Ohio StateChicago's last football season
1940Minnesota*
1941Minnesota*
1942Ohio State*Co-National Champions with Wisconsin
1943Michigan and Purdue
1944Ohio State*
1945Indiana
1946IllinoisChicago leaves the conference, Ties games count as half wins in standings, Big Ten agrees with the Pacific Coast Conference to have champions meet in the Rose Bowl Game
1947Michigan*
1948Michigan*
1949Michigan and Ohio State
1950MichiganMichigan State joins
1951IllinoisMichigan State*
1952Purdue and WisconsinMichigan State*
1953Illinois and Michigan StateMichigan State begins conference play
1954Ohio State*
1955Ohio State
1956Iowa
1957Ohio State*
1958Iowa*
1959Wisconsin
1960Iowa and Minnesota*
1961Ohio State*
1962Wisconsin
1963Illinois
1964Michigan
1965Michigan State*
1966Michigan State
1967Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue
1968Ohio State*
1969Michigan and Ohio State
1970Ohio State
1971Michigan
1972Michigan and Ohio State
1973Michigan and Ohio State
1974Michigan and Ohio State
1975Ohio State
1976Michigan and Ohio State
1977Michigan and Ohio State
1978Michigan and Michigan State
1979Ohio State
1980Michigan
1981Iowa and Ohio State
1982MichiganPenn State*
1983Illinois
1984Ohio State
1985Iowa
1986Michigan and Ohio StatePenn State*
1987Michigan State
1988Michigan
1989Michigan
1990Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan StatePenn State joins
1991Michigan
1992Michigan
1993Ohio State and WisconsinPenn State begins conference play
1994Penn State
1995Northwestern
1996Northwestern and Ohio State
1997Michigan*
1998Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin
1999Wisconsin
2000Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue
2001Illinois
2002Iowa and Ohio State*
2003Michigan
2004Iowa and Michigan
2005Ohio State and Penn State
2006Ohio State
2007Ohio State
2008Ohio State and Penn State
2009Ohio State
2010Ohio State, Michigan State, and WisconsinNebraska joins and begins conference play
2013Michigan StateMichigan State** (Rose Bowl vs. Stanford)
2014Ohio State*Rutgers University and Maryland will/have joined
2015Michigan State
2016Penn State
2017Ohio State
2018Ohio StateMade Ohio State back to back Big Ten Conference Champions.
2019Ohio StateMakes Ohio State the back to back to back Big Ten Conference Champions.
2020Ohio StateMakes Ohio State the back to back to back Big Ten Conference Champions.
2021Michigan
  • A school name with an asterisk (*) after it means they won a major national championship for that season. National Championships are from the NCAA Division I-A national football championship page. Like that page writes, the posted information is under much debate. See here for what minor polls selected as national champions in past years.
  • A school name with two asterisks (**) after means they clinched a BCS Bowl game berth.

Championships by school

SchoolBig Ten
Championships
Last
Big Ten
Championship
Chicago*71924
Illinois152001
Indiana21967
Iowa112004
Michigan432021
Michigan State72015
Minnesota181967
Northwestern82000
Ohio State392020
PennState42016
Purdue82000
Wisconsin111999

* Chicago stopped its football program in 1939 and withdrew from the conference in 1946.