We were 2-5 in Big Ten Games decided by 4 or fewer points during the regular season. Not trying to pretend we were some championship caliber team but we were not as far from the rest of the pack as some of you like to act like we were.
Boy, I'm not sure I can get on board with that.
The fact we only played in 7 games of four or fewer points and didn't win ANY games by more than 3 points tells you how uncompetitive we were. Eleven of our 21 Big Ten games were single digits, including all three wins, but only only 8 of our 18 losses were by single digits.
We were outscored by 12.3 ppg in our Big Ten games, by far last in the Big Ten. Second-to-last was Nebraska at -5.3 ppg deficit. Penn State was 10th at 0.0 ppg (scored the same as they allowed). Rutgers was 9th at +.7 ppg.
Here is the comparison of #14 Minnesota and #13 Ohio State (BIG TEN GAMES ONLY, INCLUDING BTT):
Total Wins: MINN 3, OSU 8
Total Losses: MINN 18, OSU 16
Single Digits wins: MINN 3, OSU 4
Double Digit wins: MINN 0, OSU 4
Single Digit losses: MINN 8, OSU 11
Double Digit losses: MINN 10, OSU 5
Losses of 20+ pts: MINN 4, OSU 2
Losses of 35+ pts: MINN 2, OSU 0
Largest margin of victory: MINN 3, OSU 16 (twice)
Frankly, that IS quite a gap from last place to second-to-last place.