And now we get to the end. We know what happened on September 6th, 2014 and we know how we got there, but what we don't know is where do we go from here? Has the Big Ten truly reached bottom? Will it ever recover or will it fade into the black like the old Big East? Will the MAC become a power conference? The answers are complicated, but for me they are at least optimistic. The Big Ten may well have reached bottom 16 days ago, but if the 14 teams follow the next few steps the conference will soon find itself back on top. And there is good news sports fans, a few of these teams have already started.
On September 6th, 2014 13 Big Ten Teams entered non-conference play. 6 teams lost while 4 barely escaped with their lives. When the day began Five Power Conferences entered the fray but only four returned. This is the day the Big Ten Died. How did this happen, how did it come to this and how do we move forward?