Schwartz: Rutgers Struggles, But Iowa Isn’t Far Behind

February 14, 2019

Written by David Schwartz

It’s time to stop making fun of Rutgers for not winning a Big Ten title since joining the conference at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

It’s true that out of 182 Big Ten regular season and postseason team championships awarded since fall of 2014 that Rutgers, which hosts Iowa on Saturday night, has won zero. That’s staggeringly incompetent. How have the Scarlet Knights not won anything?

OK, OK. Sorry. Old habits die hard.

But here’s a stat to keep Hawkeye fans humble. Know how many the Hawkeyes have won over the same span?

Two.

Two out of 182, good for 1.1 percent of all Big Ten team championships awarded since the conference expanded to 14 teams.

Other than Rutgers, only Purdue’s athletic program (two titles) has produced as little as Iowa.

Here’s the full rundown (Fall 2014-present):

34 Michigan

32 Ohio State

29 Maryland

20 Minnesota

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16 Penn State

9 Illinois

9 Wisconsin

7 Michigan State

6 Indiana

6 Nebraska

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5 Northwestern

3 Johns Hopkins (competes only in Big Ten women’s and men’s lacrosse)

2 Iowa

2 Notre Dame (competes only in Big Ten men’s hockey)

2 Purdue

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0 Rutgers

Yes, Johns Hopkins has earned more Big Ten championships since 2014 than Iowa. And yes, Notre Dame, which infamously has refused to join the Big Ten for decades, has as many Big Ten titles as the Hawkeyes.

Rutgers, I am so, so sorry for teasing you. It won’t happen again. Please don’t beat the Hawkeyes on Saturday night.

A few notes about the above stats:

• The numbers were aggregated at BigTen.org.

• Iowa’s two titles came in 2015 and 2017. In 2015 the Hawkeyes won in wrestling. In 2017 the baseball team won the Big Ten Tournament.

• The above numbers don’t include individual conference champions. Iowa women’s and men’s track and wrestling have produced many individual athletes who are Big Ten champions. The above figures represent team results only. It also doesn’t include Iowa’s first-place football finish in the Big Ten West in 2015; that wasn’t a Big Ten title – it gave them a chance to play for a Big Ten title.

• Iowa’s struggles extend to before Maryland and Rutgers joined the conference. Since fall 2008 – the past 11 seasons – Iowa has just seven Big Ten team championships out of the 381 that have been given out: four in wrestling and one each in men’s track, field hockey, and baseball. Of the 11 programs that have been in the Big Ten over that span, Iowa ranks 11th. Purdue ranks 10th with 12 Big Ten team championships since fall 2008.

* Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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