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11 Reasons To Love Big Ten Football

Here's to the fans who know how to stay warm.

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1. Big Ten fans understand football is meant to be played in crisp air, and the walk to the stadium should look just like this shot from Indiana University.

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2. Fortunately Big Ten fans know the best ways to stay warm. Particularly in the frigid night games in Madison, Wisconsin.

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3. Cold weather just gives you more opportunities to wear team gear, as this Purdue Boilermakers fan shows.

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4. The University of Michigan Wolverines also know how to dress for the weather, and their maize and blue threads were declared victor of ESPN's "Best Uniform Bracket."

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Not to be outdone, Nebraska's vaunted Black Shirts are a legendary tradition in Lincoln.

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As is the "Scarlet Walk" before a game at Rutgers University.

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5. And nothing keeps you warm like a barn-burning rivalry. The University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin have squared off 124 times for a chance to raise Paul Bunyan's Axe in victory.

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6. On a cold day in Columbus, you have to keep moving. The mind-bending physics of The Ohio State University Marching Band's tribute shows are clearly the best in the land.

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7. As are the incredible card stunts at Kinnick Stadium put on by the fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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Or the massive state flag displays at the University of Maryland.

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8. Is it cold outside? The folks at Penn State University don't mind, they're making ice cream. Before watching a game in Happy Valley, you can try the newest flavor at the College of Agricultural Science's famous creamery.

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9. There is no fear of the cold in the Big Ten. After playing football at the University of Illinois, Mike Hopkins went to an even colder place — OUTER SPACE.

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10. See, no matter how cold it gets in East Lansing, Big Ten football keeps your adrenaline pumping. As the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team saw yesterday.

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11. And that's just one of a million reasons Big Ten alumni pride is so strong. Just ask Northwestern University alum Stephen Colbert.

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So here's to you, Big Ten football. Thank you for keeping us warm.

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Best of luck to the Buckeyes in the title game.

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