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Big Ten Conference: The Teams. The Rivalries. The Histories.

Iowa. Wisconsin. Michigan. Ohio State. Indiana. Maryland. There are plenty of teams to root for—and you can watch them all through the Big Ten Network on DISH. Get scores, highlights, and catch the biggest rivalries when you add the Big Ten Network to your DISH package.

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Big Ten East Division Teams

Pennant Indiana
Indiana University

Bloomington, IN

  • Football Stadium: Memorial Stadium

  • Nickname: Hoosiers

  • Conference Rivals: Purdue University,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

    Michigan State

Fun fact:
The Hoosiers have a cheer called Fist and Blades which involves raising your arms straight up with fists clenched, and then moving your arms down to a 90-degree angle, so your palms are parallel to your ears. When done properly, Fist and Blades spells I-U.

Pennant Maryland
University of Maryland

College Park, MD

  • Football Stadium: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium

  • Nickname: Terrapins, or Terps

  • Conference Rivals: Penn State,


Fun fact:
The University of Maryland was a founding member of the Southern Conference in 1921, and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1952—leaving the ACC for the Big 10 in 2014. And while Maryland’s football and baseball teams give fans plenty to cheer for, its men’s lacrosse team is truly remarkable as the only major college lacrosse team to have finished every season with a win percentage of .500 or above.

Pennant Michigan
University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

  • Football Stadium: Michigan Stadium

  • Nickname: Wolverines

  • Conference Rivals: Ohio State,

    Michigan State,

Fun fact:
There’s no question that the University of Michigan is a Division I sports powerhouse. The Wolverines football program has a rich history with the most all-time wins, the highest winning percentage, and the distinction of winning the first Rose Bowl game in 1902.

Pennant Michigan State
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

  • Football Stadium: Spartan Stadium

  • Nickname: Spartans

  • Conference Rivals: Michigan,

Penn State

Fun fact:
Many teams play for more than just a conference or national championship—and Michigan State is no exception. The Spartans and Wolverines have battled over the Paul Bunyan-Governor trophy since 1953.

Pennant Ohio State
Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

  • Football Stadium: Ohio Stadium

  • Nickname: Buckeyes

  • Conference Rivals: Michigan,

Penn State

Fun fact:
Few rivalries are as intense as Ohio State v. Michigan. So intense, in fact, that Ohio State refuses to call Michigan by name. In the 1970s, for example, Ohio State head football coach Woody Hayes referred to Michigan as “that team up north.” Taking the rivalry one step further, Ohio State coaches have either resigned or been fired after losing to Michigan year after year.

Pennant Penn State
Penn State University

State College, PA

  • Football Stadium: Beaver Stadium

  • Nickname: Nittany Lions

  • Conference Rivals: Michigan State,
Ohio State

Fun fact:
Penn State has won a record 13 national fencing championships. Yes, you read that correctly. National fencing champions. From 1995–2000, they won 6 consecutive NCAA fencing championships, and have finished either as champion or runner-up 21 out of the 25 years men’s and women’s fencing has been combined.

Pennant Rutgers
Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

  • Football Stadium: High Point Solutions Stadium

  • Nickname: Scarlet Knights

  • Conference Rivals: Maryland

Fun fact:
Rutgers is considered the birthplace of college football. Why? Because it played against Princeton in the first intercollegiate football game in 1869. Rutgers and Princeton also hold the distinction of having the first intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee competition in 1972. Ultimate is considered a club sport, and Rutgers competes in the Metro East Division of USA Ultimate.

Big Ten West Division Teams

Pennant Illinois
University of Illinois

Champaign, IL

  • Football Stadium: Memorial Stadium

  • Nickname: Fighting Illini

  • Conference Rivals: Northwestern,


    Ohio State

Fun fact:
George Halas. Dick Butkus. Dana Howard. Simeon Rice. Kurt Kittner. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has produced some big names in football. Both Halas and Butkus are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Simeon Rice holds an NCAA record of 44.5 sacks.

Pennant Ohio State
University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

  • Football Stadium: Kinnick Stadium

  • Nickname: Hawkeyes

  • Conference Rivals: Minnesota,


Fun fact:
Between its men’s and women’s teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes have won a combined 105 Big Ten Conference Championships. It’s the wrestling team, however, that has won the most conference championships with 33 wins and 25 consecutive Big Ten conference championships from 1974–1998.

Pennant Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

  • Football Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium

  • Nickname: Golden Gophers

  • Conference Rivals: Wisconsin,


Fun fact:
Sideline cheering was invented by a student named Johnny Campbell when he formed a squad of yell-leaders to root for the Golden Gophers in a football game against Northwestern in 1898. It has since transformed into the Cheerleaders and Dance Team, which is divided into three teams: all-girls cheerleading, co-ed cheerleading, and a dance team.

Pennant Nebraska
University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

  • Football Stadium: Memorial Stadium

  • Nickname: Cornhuskers

  • Conference Rivals: Wisconsin,


Fun fact:
Memorial Stadium holds 90,000 fans. On September 20, 2014, a record-setting 91,585 fans showed up for the game against the University of Miami (FL). The Cornhuskers also hold the NCAA record for the most consecutive sold out home games. Yes, that’s right. Most consecutive sold out home games. This dates back to November 3, 1962, against Missouri.

Pennant North Western
Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

  • Football Stadium: Ryan Field

  • Nickname: Wildcats

  • Conference Rivals: Illinois,


Fun fact:
Northwestern holds the distinction of being the only private university in the Big Ten. It is also the smallest, with 8,200 undergraduates. For comparison, Iowa is the second-smallest school in the Big Ten, with 21,000 undergraduates. But the size of the student body hasn’t deterred Northwestern from claiming NCAA national championships. Women’s lacrosse leads the way with seven championships.

Pennant purdue
Purdue University

State College, PA

  • Football Stadium: Ross-Ade Field

  • Nickname: Boilermakers

  • Conference Rivals: Illinois

Fun fact:
Purdue is known as the Cradle of Quarterbacks since it’s produced a number of stellar NFL quarterbacks, including Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, and NFL Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Len Dawson. Purdue and Indiana, the Boilermakers’ fiercest Big Ten rival, play for the Old Oaken Bucket each year.

Pennant Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI

  • Football Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium

  • Nickname: Badgers

  • Conference Rivals: Minnesota,


Fun fact:
Wisconsin has been part of the Big Ten since its inception in 1896, and Camp Randall Stadium is the fourth-oldest college football stadium, so to say Wisconsin is steeped in college history is an understatement. Its football program is known as Running Back U, producing athletes like Alan Ameche, Ron Dayne, and James White.

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