Every B1G program's home record over the last five seasons
When it comes to the national championship odds and teams hoping to fight for a title, the battle to compete traditionally starts on a team’s home turf. That is why winning at home is such an important matter.
Within the B1G, a small handful of teams have been elite when it comes to taking care of business at home. And while some teams have a reputation for landing elite upsets, those same programs can prove to be middle of the pack in terms of overall home records.
Here is how every B1G program has performed at home since 2018:
Ohio State 30-2
The Buckeyes remain the gold standard of winning on their home field, but the 2 losses have come in significant positions. In 2021, Ohio State lost a marquee nonconference game to Oregon while the team also lost to Michigan in The Game at home last season. That doesn’t take away from the overall body of work, but it’s also worth noting Ohio State has a number of major road games this fall.
The Jim Harbaugh era in ANn Arbor has not been without struggles, but the past 2 seasons have seen a dramatic turnaround. Michigan is 25-3 overall the past 2 seasons while going undefeated at home. After years of up-and-down performances, the Big House is once again a nightmare for the opposition.
Penn State 25-9
Whether its a White Out environment or a tough conference matchup, the Nittany Lions are in the upper echelon of B1G programs when it comes to winning at home.
Kinnick Stadium and Camp Randall Stadium each receive their due as a tough stadium for road teams. However, one of the surprises on this list is Minnesota. The Gophers have been a tough out under PJ Fleck, and that includes taking care of business at home.
Michigan State 19-12
Purdue maintains the reputation as a program always liable to pull off a major upset, a reputation that is certainly well-deserved. Unfortunately, the Boilermakers have been otherwise pedestrian in West Lafayette. The challenge for new head coach Ryan Walters will be to establish consistency at home instead of riding the waves of highs and lows.
The frustrations of Husker fans are well-documented, and for good reason. The Nebraska faithful continue to pack Memorial Stadium but have had less and less to be excited about in recent history. That includes a losing record by the Huskers at home, something Matt Rhule must address early in his tenure.
Which of these teams is most surprising? As we get set to embark on the 2023 season, how teams perform at home will play a major factor in the Big Ten Championship odds moving forward.