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2015 Big Ten Conference football season

The 2015 Big Ten Conference football season was the 120th season of college football play for the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The conference began its season on Thursday, September 3, with Michigan and Minnesota opening their seasons. The remainder of the teams in the conference began their seasons on September 4 and 5.

2015 Big Ten Conference football season
Big Ten Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
SportFootball
DurationSeptember 3, 2015
through January 2016
Number of teams14
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Inc., Big Ten Network, FOX (championship game)
2016 NFL Draft
Regular season
Season MVPEzekiel Elliott, Ohio State
East Division championsMichigan State, Ohio State (co-champions)[1]
West Division championsIowa
  West Division runners-upNorthwestern
Championship Game
ChampionsMichigan State Spartans
  Runners-upIowa Hawkeyes
Finals MVPConnor Cook, Michigan State (QB)
Football seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

This was the Big Ten's second season with 14 teams. The league was home to the defending national champion and inaugural winner of the College Football Playoff in Ohio State.

The Big Ten also welcomed four new head coaches for the 2015 season. Jim Harbaugh replaced Brady Hoke as head coach at Michigan, Mike Riley took over for Bo Pelini at Nebraska, Paul Chryst came in as the head man at Wisconsin, replacing Gary Andersen, and Bill Cubit served as the interim head coach at Illinois after Tim Beckman was fired just one week before the beginning of the season.[2] There were also two coaching changes made during the middle of the 2015 season. On October 13, Maryland dismissed coach Randy Edsall and named his offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as interim coach for the rest of the season.[3] On October 28, Jerry Kill retired as Minnesota's head coach due to health concerns. His defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was named as interim coach before being named the permanent replacement on November 11.[4][5]

In preseason polling, Ohio State was unanimously voted to repeat as the Big Ten champion by the media in the Big Ten Preseason poll, receiving all 40 first place votes.[6] The Badgers were favorites to win the Big Ten West Division with 32 votes, followed by Nebraska with five and Minnesota with three.[7]

At the conclusion of the regular season, Iowa won the West Division championship with a perfect 12-0 (8-0) record. Michigan State and Ohio State finished tied atop the East Division standings, both at 11-1 (7-1), but Michigan State's head-to-head victory placed the Spartans into the Big Ten Championship Game opposite Iowa. Following the season, Illinois removed the interim tag from Bill Cubit's title and gave him a two-year contract as head coach,[8] while Rutgers has decided to part ways with Kyle Flood.[9]

In the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan State defeated Iowa 16-13 to win their second Big Ten championship in three years. With the win, the Spartans advance to the College Football Playoff. Iowa and Ohio State were both placed into New Year's Six Bowls, going to the Rose and Fiesta Bowls, respectively. A total of 10 Big Ten teams went to bowl games in 2015, including Nebraska and Minnesota, both with 5-7 records.

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RankingsEdit

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Iowa AP RV RV RV 22 17 12 10 10 8 6 3 4 6 9
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CFP Not released 9 5 5 4 4 5 N/A
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Michigan AP RV 22 18 12 15 15 16 15 14 12 19 17 12
C RV RV RV 21 14 18 17 17 15 13 12 19 17 11
CFP Not released 17 14 12 10 15 14 N/A
Michigan State AP 5 5 4 2 2 4 7 7 6 6 14 9 6 5 3 6
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CFP Not released 7 13 9 5 5 3 N/A
Minnesota AP RV RV RV RV
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Nebraska AP RV
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Northwestern AP RV 23 17 16 13 20 RV RV RV 24 20 17 13 12 23
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CFP Not released 21 18 20 16 14 13 N/A
Ohio State AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 8 6 7 4
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CFP Not released 3 3 3 8 6 7 N/A
Penn State AP RV RV RV
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Legend
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RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll

ScheduleEdit

In 2015, Penn State will be the only Big Ten team that will not play a non-conference game against a Power Five conference team.[10]

Index to colors and formatting
Big Ten member won
Big Ten member lost
Big Ten teams in bold

All times Eastern time.

† denotes Homecoming game

Week 1Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:30 PM Michigan Utah Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT FS1 L 24–17   47,825
September 3 9:00 PM No. 2 Texas Christian Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPN L 23–17   54,147
September 4 7:00 PM No. 5 Michigan State Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPNU W 37–24   30,885
September 5 12:00 PM No. 21 Stanford Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 16–6   36,024
September 5 12:00 PM Richmond Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPNU W 50–21   38,117
September 5 12:00 PM Norfolk State Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNNEWS W 63–13   47,453
September 5 12:00 PM Illinois State Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 31–14   59,450
September 5 2:00 PM Kent State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 52–3   36,693
September 5 3:30 PM Brigham Young Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ABC L 33–28   89,959
September 5 3:30 PM Penn State Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN L 27–10   69,176
September 5 4:00 PM Southern Illinois Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPNNEWS W 48–47   36,071
September 5 8:00 PM No. 20 Wisconsin No. 3 Alabama AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Cowboys Classic) ABC L 35–17   64,279
September 6 3:00 PM Purdue Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV FS1 L 41–31   38,791
September 7 8:00 PM No. 1 Ohio State Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN W 42-24   65,632
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 2Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 12:00 PM Oregon State Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 35–7   109,651
September 12 12:00 PM Miami (OH) Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPNU W 58–0   76,535
September 12 12:00 PM Buffalo Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN2 W 27–14   93,065
September 12 12:00 PM Western Illinois Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 44–0   37,733
September 12 12:00 PM Bowling Green Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD BTN L 48–27   36,332
September 12 12:00 PM Indiana State Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNNEWS W 38–14   41,158
September 12 3:30 PM Hawaii No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN W 38–0   107,145
September 12 3:30 PM Washington State Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNU L 37–34   46,536
September 12 3:30 PM Minnesota Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO CBS Sports Network W 23–20 OT  32,500
September 12 4:00 PM Eastern Illinois Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPNNEWS W 41–0   29,131
September 12 4:30 PM Iowa Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA (Cy-Hawk Series) FOX W 31–17   61,500
September 12 8:00 PM Florida International Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 36–22   41,509
September 12 8:00 PM South Alabama Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 48–9   89,822
September 12 8:00 PM No. 7 Oregon No. 5 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 31–28   76,526
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 3Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 19 12:00 PM Air Force No. 4 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 35–21   74,211
September 19 12:00 PM Illinois North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN2 L 48–14   41,000
September 19 12:00 PM South Florida Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPNNEWS W 35–17   36,827
September 19 12:00 PM UNLV Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN W 28–7   108,683
September 19 12:00 PM Kent State Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 10–7   52,823
September 19 12:30 PM No. 23 Northwestern Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPN3 W 19–10   24,127
September 19 3:30 PM Nebraska Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ABC / ESPN2 L 36–33 OT  53,580
September 19 3:30 PM Northern Illinois No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC / ESPN2 W 20–13   104,095
September 19 3:30 PM Virginia Tech Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU L 51–24   45,759
September 19 3:30 PM Troy No. 24 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 28–3   77,157
September 19 4:00 PM Western Kentucky Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPNNEWS W 38–35   44,823
September 19 8:00 PM Pittsburgh Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 27–24   63,636
September 19 8:00 PM Rutgers Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN  PSU 28–3   103,323
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 4Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 26† 12:00 PM Kansas Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN W 27–14   46,136
September 26 12:00 PM Bowling Green Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 35–28   33,160
September 26 12:00 PM Central Michigan No. 2 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN W 30–10   75,218
September 26 12:00 PM No. 22 Brigham Young Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 31–0   108,940
September 26† 12:00 PM Southern Mississippi Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPNEWS W 36–28   89,899
September 26 12:30 PM Indiana Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ACCN W 31–24   22,508
September 26 2:00 PM Maryland West Virginia Milan Puskar StadiumMorgantown, WV (MD-WV rivalry) FS1 L 45–6   61,174
September 26 3:30 PM San Diego State Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN W 37–21   95,107
September 26 3:30 PM Western Michigan No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC/ESPN2 W 38–12   106,123
September 26 3:30 PM North Texas Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPNU W 62–16   56,401
September 26† 3:30 PM Ohio Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN W 27–24   53,917
September 26 4:00 PM Middle Tennessee State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPNEWS W 27–25   44,366
September 26 8:00 PM Ball State No. 17 Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 24–19   30,107
September 26 8:00 PM Hawaii No. 22 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 28–0   80,829
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 5Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 3 12:00 AM No. 22 Michigan Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD BTN  MICH 28–0   51,802
October 3 12:00 PM Iowa No. 19 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Heartland Trophy) ESPN  IA 10–6   80,933
October 3† 12:00 PM Purdue No. 2 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2  MSU 24–21   74,418
October 3 12:00 PM Minnesota No. 16 Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  NW 27–0   30,044
October 3 12:00 PM Army Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPNU W 20–14   107,387
October 3 3:30 PM No. 1 Ohio State Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC/ESPN2  OSU 34–27   52,929
October 3 4:00 PM Nebraska Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN  ILL 14–13   40,138
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 3 Rutgers

Week 6Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 10† 12:00 PM Indiana Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN  PSU 29–7   97,873
October 10† 12:00 PM Illinois No. 22 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2  IA 29–20   66,693
October 10† 12:00 PM Maryland No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN  OSU 49–28   107,869
October 10 3:30 PM Wisconsin Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Freedom Trophy) ABC/ESPN2  WIS 23–21   89,886
October 10† 3:30 PM No. 13 Northwestern No. 18 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN  MICH 38–0   110,452
October 10 3:30 PM Minnesota Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU  MIN 41–13   33,780
October 10 8:00 PM No. 4 Michigan State Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN  MSU 31–24   50,373
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 7Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 17† 12:00 PM Purdue Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN  WIS 24–7   80,794
October 17† 12:00 PM No. 17 Iowa No. 20 Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ABC/ESPN2  IA 40–10   44,135
October 17 3:30 PM Nebraska Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) ESPN2  NEB 48–25   52,062
October 17 3:30 PM No. 7 Michigan State No. 12 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN  MSU 27–23   111,740
October 17† 3:30 PM Rutgers Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN  RUT 55–52   40,567
October 17 8:00 PM Penn State No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (OSU-PSU rivalry) ABC  OSU 38–10   108,423
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 17 Illinois Maryland

Week 8Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 24 12:00 PM Northwestern Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN2  NW 30–28   89,493
October 24 3:30 PM Indiana No. 7 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) ABC/ESPN2  MSU 52–26   74,144
October 24 3:30 PM Penn State Maryland M&T Bank StadiumBaltimore, MD (Maryland-PSU rivalry) ESPN  PSU 31–30   68,948
October 24† 3:30 PM Wisconsin Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN  WIS 24–13   45,438
October 24 8:00 PM No. 1 Ohio State Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ABC  OSU 49–7   53,111
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 24 #12 Iowa #15 Michigan Minnesota Purdue

Week 9Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 31 12:00 PM Rutgers Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN  WIS 48–10   74,575
October 31 12:00 PM Nebraska Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPNU  PUR 55–45   31,351
October 31 12:00 PM Illinois Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN2  PSU 39–0   94,417
October 31 3:30 PM Maryland No. 10 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC / ESPN2  IA 31–15   62,667
October 31 7:00 PM No. 15 Michigan Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Little Brown Jug) ESPN  MICH 29–26   50,709
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
October 31 Indiana #6 Michigan State Northwestern #1 Ohio State

Week 10Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 7 12:00 PM Penn State Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPNU  NW 23–21   34,116
November 7† 12:00 PM Illinois Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Purdue Cannon) BTN  ILL 48–14   40,197
November 7 3:30 PM No. 10 Iowa Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN  IA 35–27   44,739
November 7 3:30 PM Wisconsin Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD BTN  WIS 31–24   44,678
November 7 3:30 PM Rutgers No. 16 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN  MICH 49–16   109,879
November 7 7:00 PM No. 6 Michigan State Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN  NEB 39–38   90,094
November 7 8:00 PM Minnesota No. 1 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC  OSU 28–14   108,075
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week 11Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 14 12:00 PM Purdue No. 24 Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN  NW 21–14   30,003
November 14 12:00 PM No. 2 Ohio State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck) ABC  OSU 28–3   51,515
November 14 12:00 PM Maryland No. 14 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2  MSU 24–7   73,406
November 14 3:30 PM Nebraska Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN  NEB 31–14   45,606
November 14 3:30 PM No. 15 Michigan Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC/ESPN2  MICH 48–41 2OT  49,557
November 14 8:00 PM Minnesota No. 8 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale) BTN  IA 40–35   70,585
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
November 14 Penn State #23 Wisconsin

Week 12Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 21 12:00 PM No. 14 Michigan Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC  MI 28–16   107,418
November 21 12:00 PM Purdue No. 6 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN2  IA 40–20   62,920
November 21 12:00 PM Illinois Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPNNEWS  MIN 32–23   47,976
November 21 12:00 PM Indiana Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD BTN  IND 47–28   33,685
November 21 12:00 PM Rutgers Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBS Sports Network W 31–21   30,113
November 21 3:30 PM No. 9 Michigan State No. 2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC  MSU 17–14   108,975
November 21 3:30 PM No. 20 Northwestern No. 21 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN  NW 13–7   75,276
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Date Bye Week
November 21 Nebraska

Week 13Edit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 27 3:30 PM No. 3 Iowa Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Heroes Trophy) ABC  IA 28–20   90,830
November 28 12:00 PM No. 8 Ohio State No. 12 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC  OSU 42–13   111,829
November 28 12:00 PM Indiana Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Old Oaken Bucket) BTN  IND 54–36   37,152
November 28 12:00 PM Maryland Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN  MD 46–41   44,846
November 28 3:30 PM Penn State No. 6 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN  MSU 55–16   74,705
November 28 3:30 PM Wisconsin Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) BTN  WIS 31–21   52,850
November 28 3:30 PM No. 17 Northwestern Illinois Soldier FieldChicago, IL (Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPNU  NW 24–14   33,514
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Big Ten Championship GameEdit

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 5 8:00 PM No. 5 Michigan State No. 4 Iowa Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN FOX  MSU 16–13   66,985
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Bowl gamesEdit

Big Ten bowl games for the 2015 season are:

Bowl game Date Site Television Time (EST) Big Ten team Opponent Score Attendance
Pinstripe Bowl December 26 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY ABC 3:30 PM Indiana Duke Duke 44–41 OT 37,218
Foster Farms Bowl December 26 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA ESPN 9:15 PM Nebraska UCLA NEB 37–29 33,527
Quick Lane Bowl December 28 Ford FieldDetroit, MI ESPN2 5:00 PM Minnesota Central Michigan MIN 21–14 34,217
Holiday Bowl December 30 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA ESPN 10:30 PM #23 Wisconsin USC WIS 23–21 48,329
Outback Bowl January 1 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN2 12:00 PM #12 Northwestern Tennessee TENN 45–6 53,202
Citrus Bowl January 1 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, FL ABC 1:00 PM #17 Michigan #19 Florida MICH 41–7 63,113
TaxSlayer Bowl January 2 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL ESPN 12:00 PM Penn State Georgia UGA 24–17 58,212
New Year's Six Bowls
Fiesta Bowl January 1 University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ ESPN 1:00 PM #7 Ohio State #8 Notre Dame OSU 44–28 71,123
Rose Bowl January 1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ESPN 5:00 PM #6 Iowa #5 Stanford STAN 45–16 94,268
College Football Playoff
Cotton Bowl (Semifinal) December 31 AT&T StadiumArlington, TX ESPN 8:00 PM #3 Michigan State #2 Alabama ALA 38–0 82,812

Rankings are from AP Poll. All times Eastern Time Zone.

Records against FBS conferencesEdit

2015 records against FBS conferences (through January 2, 2016):

Conference Record
ACC 3–4
American 2–1
Big 12 2–2
C-USA 5–1
Independents 4–1
MAC 11-2
Mountain West 6–0
Pac-12 5–3
SEC 1–4
Sun Belt 2–0
Total 41-18

Players of the WeekEdit

Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams Freshman
Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team Player Position Team
Week 1[11] Braxton Miller HB OSU Anthony Walker LB NW William Likely DB MD Clayton Thorson QB NW
Week 2[12] C. J. Beathard QB IA Riley Bullough LB MSU Janarion Grant WR RUT L.J. Scott RB MSU
Terrell Newby RB NEB Saquon Barkley RB PSU
Week 3[13] Aaron Burbridge WR MSU Anthony Walker LB NW Marshall Koehn PK IA Jonathan Crawford S IND
Saquon Barkley RB PSU
Week 4[14] Tommy Armstrong QB NEB Shilique Calhoun DE MSU Cameron Johnston P OSU Taiwan Deal RB WIS
Jordan Howard RB IND Anthony Zettel DT PSU
Week 5[15] Ezekiel Elliott RB OSU Desmond King DB IA Sam Foltz P NEB L.J. Scott RB MSU
Joe Schobert LB WIS
Week 6[16] Jordan Canzeri RB IA Jourdan Lewis CB MI Jehu Chesson WR MI Jabrill Peppers S MI
Shannon Brooks RB MIN
Week 7[17] Akrum Wadley RB IA Shilique Calhoun DE MSU Jalen Watts-Jackson DB MSU T. J. Edwards LB WIS
Week 8[18] Connor Cook QB MSU Dean Lowry DE NW Drew Meyer P WIS Clayton Thorson QB NW
J. T. Barrett QB OSU
Week 9[19] David Blough QB PUR Anthony Brown CB PUR William Likely DB MD Jabrill Peppers S MICH
Week 10[20] Tommy Armstrong Jr. QB NEB Vonn Bell S OSU Janarion Grant WR RUT Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB ILL
Week 11[21] Jehu Chesson WR MICH Malik McDowell DL MSU Griffin Oakes PK IND Shannon Brooks RB MINN
Jake Rudock QB MICH
Week 12[22] Nate Sudfeld QB IND Jon Reschke LB MSU Griffin Oakes PK IND Shannon Brooks RB MIN
Deonte Gibson DE NW Michael Geiger PK MSU
Week 13[23] Nate Sudfeld QB IND Anthony Walker LB NW Drew Meyer P WIS Parker Hesse DE IA
Ezekiel Elliott RB OSU

Players of the YearEdit

2015 Big Ten Player of the Year Awards[24]

Award Player School
Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Carl Nassib Penn State
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year Jabrill Peppers Michigan
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year Connor Cook Michigan State
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Aaron Burbridge Michigan State
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Jake Butt Michigan
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Taylor Decker Ohio State
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year Joey Bosa Ohio State
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Joe Schobert Wisconsin
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Desmond King Iowa
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year Griffin Oakes Indiana
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year Sam Foltz Nebraska
Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year William Likely Maryland
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote) Kirk Ferentz Iowa
Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote) Kirk Ferentz Iowa

All-conference playersEdit

2015 Big Ten All-Conference Honors[25]

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Coaches Honorable Mention: ILLINOIS: Geronimo Allison, Taylor Barton, V'Angelo Bentley (return specialist), Clayton Fejedelem, Ted Karras, Mason Monheim, T.J. Neal, Austin Schmidt, Dawuane Smoot, Jihad Ward; INDIANA: Simmie Cobbs, Michael Cooper, Darius Latham, Nick Mangieri, Zack Shaw; IOWA: Cole Fisher, Jaleel Johnson, Dillon Kidd, Desmond King (return specialist), Ben Niemann, Matt VandeBerg, Sean Welsh; MARYLAND: Jermaine Carter, Michael Dunn, Quinton Jefferson; MICHIGAN: Kenny Allen, Joe Bolden, Ben Braden, Mason Cole, Amara Darboh, Graham Glasgow, Ryan Glasgow, Willie Henry, Kyle Kalis, Desmond Morgan, Blake O'Neil, Jake Rudock, De'Veon Smith, Jarrod Wilson; MICHIGAN STATE: Jon Reschke, R.J. Shelton, Lawrence Thomas; MINNESOTA: Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Shannon Brooks, De'Vondre Campbell, Theiren Cockran, Brandon Lingen, KJ Maye, Jalen Myrick, Jonah Pirsig, Steven Richardson; NEBRASKA: Drew Brown, Nate Gerry, Andy Janovich, Joshua Kalu; NORTHWESTERN: Deonte Gibson, Solomon Vault (return specialist); OHIO STATE: Tyquan Lewis, Jalin Marshall (return specialist), Braxton Miller, Tyvis Powell, Nick Vannett; PENN STATE: Marcus Allen, Jason Cabinda, Trevor Williams; PURDUE: Anthony Brown, Markell Jones, Robert Kugler, Jake Replogle, Frankie Williams; RUTGERS: Leonte Caroo, Steve Longa, Keith Lumpkin; WISCONSIN: T.J. Edwards, Troy Fumagalli, Darius Hillary, Tanner McEvoy.

Media Honorable Mention: ILLINOIS: Geronimo Allison, Taylor Barton, V'Angelo Bentley (return specialist), Mason Monheim, T.J. Neal, Austin Schmidt, Dawuane Smoot, Jihad Ward; INDIANA: Simmie Cobbs, Michael Cooper, Nick Mangieri, Marcus Oliver, Mitchell Paige (return specialist); IOWA: Cole Fisher, Jaleel Johnson, Dillon Kidd, Jordan Lomax, Desmond King (return specialist), Marshall Koehn, Matt VandeBerg, Sean Welsh; MARYLAND: Jermaine Carter, Sean Davis, Brandon Ross; MICHIGAN: Joe Bolden, Ben Braden, Jehu Chesson, Mason Cole, Amara Darboh, Graham Glasgow, Ryan Glasgow, Willie Henry, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Jourdan Lewis (return specialist), Desmond Morgan, Blake O'Neil, Jabrill Peppers (return specialist), Jake Rudock, Chris Wormley; MICHIGAN STATE: Donavan Clark, Demetrious Cox, Darien Harris, Joel Heath, Jon Reschke; MINNESOTA: Shannon Brooks, De'Vondre Campbell, Theiren Cockran, Brandon Lingen, Jack Lynn, KJ Maye, Jonah Pirsig, Cody Poock, Steven Richardson, Ryan Santoso; NEBRASKA: Cethan Carter; OHIO STATE: Eli Apple, Gareon Conley, Tyquan Lewis, Jalin Marshall (wide receiver/return specialist), Braxton Miller, Billy Price, Tyvis Powell, Nick Vannett; PENN STATE: Marcus Allen, Jason Cabinda, Grant Haley, DaeSean Hamilton; PURDUE: Anthony Brown, Markell Jones, Robert Kugler, Jake Replogle, Frankie Williams; RUTGERS: Quentin Gause, Keith Lumpkin, Chris Muller; WISCONSIN: Michael Dieter, Tanner McEvoy, Troy Fumagalli, Chikwe Obasih, Sojourn Shelton.

All-AmericansEdit

The 2015 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), USA Today (USAT) ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN), Scout.com, and Yahoo! Sports (Yahoo!).

Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. The system consists of three points for a first-team honor, two points for second-team honor, and one point for third-team honor. Honorable mention and fourth team or lower recognitions are not accorded any points. Football consensus teams are compiled by position and the player accumulating the most points at each position is named first team consensus all-American. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus and Unanimous All-Americans. Any player named to the First Team by all five of the NCAA-recognized selectors is deemed a Unanimous All-American.[26]

Position Player School Selector Unanimous Consensus
First Team All-Americans
TE Jake Butt Michigan CBS, SI
OL Jack Allen Michigan State AP, CBS, SI, FOX
OL Jack Conklin Michigan State TSN, USA Today, CBS, Athlon
OL Taylor Decker Ohio State AFCA, AP, WCFF, CBS, SI, FOX *
OL Dan Feeney Indiana ESPN
OL Jason Spriggs Indiana FWAA, Phil Steele
OL Jordan Walsh Iowa FOX
DL Joey Bosa Ohio State AFCA, WCFF, USA Today, CBS, SI, ESPN, Athlon, Phil Steele *
DL Malik McDowell Michigan State FOX
DL Carl Nassib Penn State AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, CBS, SI, ESPN, FOX, Athlon, Phil Steele * *
DL Adolphus Washington Ohio State TSN
LB Joe Schobert Wisconsin FWAA, ESPN, Phil Steele
CB Desmond King Iowa AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, USA Today, CBS, SI, ESPN, FOX, Athlon, Phil Steele * *
CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan USA Today, SI
S Vonn Bell Ohio State AP, TSN, SI, Athlon
PR William Likely Maryland FWAA, Phil Steele
Position Player School Selector
Second Team All-Americans
RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State USA Today, SI, AP, FWAA, Athlon, Phil Steele
TE Jake Butt Michigan AP, FOX, TSN, Athlon
OL Jack Allen Michigan State USA Today, WCFF, FWAA, Athlon, Phil Steele
OL Jack Conklin Michigan State AP, WCFF, FWAA
OL Taylor Decker Ohio State USA Today, FWAA, TSN, Athlon, Phil Steele
OL Pat Elflein Ohio State SI, AP
OL Dan Feeney Indiana CBS, Athlon
OL Jason Spriggs Indiana WCFF, TSN
DL Joey Bosa Ohio State AP, FOX, TSN
DL Shilique Calhoun Michigan State CBS, WCFF, FWAA
DL Carl Nassib Penn State USA Today
DL Adolphus Washington Ohio State CBS
LB Darron Lee Ohio State SI
LB Raekwon McMillan Ohio State WCFF
LB Joe Schobert Wisconsin USA Today, CBS, WCFF, AP, TSN, Athlon
LB Anthony Walker Northwestern SI, FOX
CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan WCFF, AP, FWAA, FOX, Athlon, Phil Steele
S Vonn Bell Ohio State FOX
S Jabrill Peppers Michigan CBS, SI, TSN
RET William Likely Maryland USA Today, SI, Athlon
AP Jabrill Peppers Michigan FOX
Position Player School Selector
Third Team All-Americans
OL Austin Blythe Iowa AP, Athlon
OL Jack Conklin Michigan State Phil Steele
OL Pat Elflein Ohio State Athlon
OL Dan Feeney Indiana AP
OL Jason Spriggs Indiana AP
OL Jordan Walsh Iowa Athlon
DL Joey Bosa Ohio State Phil Steele
DL Shilique Calhoun Michigan State AP, Phil Steele
LB Anthony Walker Northwestern AP, Athlon
LB Raekwon McMillan Ohio State Phil Steele
Position Player School Selector
Fourth Team All-Americans
OL Austin Blythe Iowa Phil Steele
DL Yannick Ngakoue Maryland Phil Steele
K Griffin Oakes Indiana Phil Steele
AP Jabrill Peppers Michigan Phil Steele
Position Player School Selector
Honorable Mention All-Americans
QB Connor Cook Michigan State SI
WR Aaron Burbridge Michigan State SI
TE George Kittle Iowa SI
WR Aaron Burbridge Michigan State SI
OL Austin Blythe Iowa SI
OL Jack Conklin Michigan State SI
OL Dan Feeney Indiana SI
OL Jason Spriggs Indiana SI
OL Jordan Walsh Iowa SI
DT Shilique Calhoun Michigan State SI
DT Adolphus Washington Ohio State SI
DT Anthony Zettel Penn State SI
LB Raekwon McMillan Ohio State SI
LB Joshua Perry Ohio State SI
LB Joe Schobert Wisconsin SI
CB Nick VanHoose Northwestern SI
P Cameron Johnston Ohio State SI
AP Jabrill Peppers Michigan SI

*AFCA All-America Team
*USA Today All-America Team
*CBS Sports All-America Team
*Sports Illustrated All-America Team
*Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team
*Associated Press All-America Team
*ESPN.com All-America Team
*Football Writers Association of America All-America Team
*Fox Sports All-America Team
*Sporting News All-America Team
*Athlon Sports All-America Team
*Phil Steele All-America Team

Academic All-AmericansEdit

2015 CoSIDA Academic-All Americans[27]

Player School Team
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
Jacoby Boren Ohio State First Team
Jack Willoughby Ohio State First Team
Jordan Lomax Iowa Second Team
Brandon Lingen Minnesota Second Team
Tyler Yazujian Penn State Second Team
Robert Kugler Purdue Second Team

National award winnersEdit

Jim Thorpe Award
Desmond King, Iowa

Lombardi Award
Carl Nassib, Penn State

Lott IMPACT Trophy
Carl Nassib, Penn State

Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

NCAA List of National Award Winners

AttendanceEdit

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Total Average % of Capacity
Illinois Memorial Stadium 60,670 36,693 37,733 44,366 40,138 45,438 51,515 255,883 42,647 70.3%
Indiana Memorial Stadium 52,929 36,071 41,509 44,823 52,929 40,567 44,739 49,557 310,195 44,314 83.7%
Iowa Kinnick Stadium 70,585 59,450 63,636 56,401 66,693 62,667 70,585 62,920 442,352 63,193 89.5%
Maryland Byrd Stadium 51,802 38,117 36,332 36,827 51,802 44,678 33,685 241,441 40,240 77.7%
Michigan Michigan Stadium 107,601 109,651 108,683 108,940 110,452 111,740 109,879 111,829 771,174 110,168 102.4%
Michigan State Spartan Stadium 75,005 76,526 74,211 75,218 74,418 74,144 73,406 74,705 522,628 74,661 99.5%
Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium 52,525 54,147 52,823 53,917 52,062 50,709 47,976 52,850 364,484 52,069 99.1%
Nebraska Memorial Stadium 87,091 89,959 89,822 89,899 89,886 89,493 90,094 90,830 629,983 89,998 103.3%
Northwestern Ryan Field 47,130 36,024 29,131 30,107 30,044 44,135 34,116 30,003 233,560 33,366 70.8%
Ohio State Ohio Stadium 104,944 107,145 104,095 106,123 107,869 108,423 108,075 108,975 750,705 107,244 102.2%
Penn State Beaver Stadium 106,572 93,065 103,323 95,107 107,387 97,873 94,417 107,418 698,590 99,799 93.6%
Purdue Ross–Ade Stadium 57,236 41,158 45,759 33,160 33,780 31,351 40,197 37,152 262,557 37,508 65.5%
Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium 52,454 47,453 46,536 46,136 50,373 53,111 45,606 44,846 334,061 47,723 91.0%
Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium 80,321 76,535 77,157 80,829 80,933 80,794 74,575 75,276 546,099 78,014 97.1%
Total 6,363,712 65,782

2016 Big Ten NFL Draft SelectionsEdit

2016 NFL DraftEdit

47 Big Ten athletes were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.[28]

Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Total
Illinois 1 1 1 3
Indiana 1 1 1 3
Iowa 1 1
Maryland 1 1 1 3
Michigan 1 1 1 3
Michigan State 1 1 1 1 1 5
Minnesota 2 2
Nebraska 2 1 1 4
Northwestern 1 1 2
Ohio State 5 2 3 2 12
Penn State 2 1 2 5
Purdue 1 1
Rutgers 1 1
Wisconsin 1 1 2
* = Compensatory Selections
Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 3 San Diego Chargers Joey Bosa  DE Ohio State Big Ten
1 4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott  RB Ohio State Big Ten
1 8 Tennessee Titans Jack Conklin  OT Michigan State Big Ten from Miami via Philadelphia and Cleveland [R1 - 1]
1 10 New York Giants Eli Apple  CB Ohio State Big Ten
1 16 Detroit Lions Taylor Decker  OT Ohio State Big Ten
1 20 New York Jets Darron Lee  LB Ohio State Big Ten
2 43 Tennessee Titans Austin Johnson  DT Penn State Big Ten from Philadelphia via Los Angeles [R2 - 1]
2 44 Oakland Raiders Jihad Ward  DT Illinois Big Ten
2 47 New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas  WR Ohio State Big Ten
2 48 Green Bay Packers Jason Spriggs  OT Indiana Big Ten from Indianapolis [R2 - 2]
2 51 New York Jets Christian Hackenberg  QB Penn State Big Ten
2 58 Pittsburgh Steelers Sean Davis  CB Maryland Big Ten
2 61 New Orleans Saints Vonn Bell  S Ohio State Big Ten from Arizona via New England [R2 - 3]
3 65 Cleveland Browns Carl Nassib  DE Penn State Big Ten
3 67 Dallas Cowboys Maliek Collins  DT Nebraska Big Ten
3 69 Jacksonville Jaguars Yannick Ngakoue  LB Maryland Big Ten
3 75 Oakland Raiders Shilique Calhoun  DE Michigan State Big Ten
3 80 Buffalo Bills Adolphus Washington  DT Ohio State Big Ten
3 85 Houston Texans Braxton Miller  WR Ohio State Big Ten
3 86 Miami Dolphins Leonte Carroo  WR Rutgers Big Ten from Minnesota [R3 - 1]
3 94 Seattle Seahawks Nick Vannett  TE Ohio State Big Ten from Denver [R3 - 2]
3* 95 Detroit Lions Graham Glasgow  G Michigan Big Ten
3* 96 New England Patriots Vincent Valentine  DT Nebraska Big Ten
4 99 Cleveland Browns Joe Schobert  LB Wisconsin Big Ten
4 100 Oakland Raiders Connor Cook  QB Michigan State Big Ten from Tennessee via Philadelphia [R4 - 1]
4 102 San Diego Chargers Joshua Perry  LB Ohio State Big Ten
4 106 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Murray  CB Minnesota Big Ten from Chicago via Tampa Bay [R4 - 2]
4 115 Atlanta Falcons De'Vondre Campbell  LB Minnesota Big Ten
4 130 Baltimore Ravens Alex Lewis  OT Nebraska Big Ten from Denver [R4 - 3]
4* 132 Baltimore Ravens Willie Henry  DT Michigan Big Ten
4* 137 Green Bay Packers Dean Lowry  DE Northwestern Big Ten
4* 139 Buffalo Bills Cardale Jones  QB Ohio State Big Ten Extra compensatory pick authorized by NFLMC and NFLPA[29][30]
5 147 Seattle Seahawks Quinton Jefferson  DT Maryland Big Ten
5 150 Chicago Bears Jordan Howard  RB Indiana Big Ten
6 176 Denver Broncos Andy Janovich  FB Nebraska Big Ten from Cleveland [R6 - 1]
6 187 Washington Redskins Nate Sudfeld  QB Indiana Big Ten from New Orleans [R6 - 2]
6 189 Dallas Cowboys Anthony Brown  CB Purdue Big Ten from Oakland [R6 - 3]
6 191 Detroit Lions Jake Rudock  QB Michigan Big Ten
6 197 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dan Vitale  FB Northwestern Big Ten from Washington [R6 - 4]
6 198 San Diego Chargers Derek Watt  FB Wisconsin Big Ten from Minnesota [R6 - 5]
6 202 Detroit Lions Anthony Zettel  DE Penn State Big Ten from Seattle [R6 - 6]
6 204 Miami Dolphins Jordan Lucas  S Penn State Big Ten from New England via Chicago [R6 - 7]
6* 213 San Francisco 49ers Aaron Burbridge  WR Michigan State Big Ten
6* 221 New England Patriots Ted Karras III  G Illinois Big Ten
7 224 San Diego Chargers Donavon Clark  G Michigan State Big Ten
7 245 Cincinnati Bengals Clayton Fejedelem  S Illinois Big Ten
7 248 Indianapolis Colts Austin Blythe  C Iowa Big Ten

In the explanations below, (PD) indicates trades completed prior to the start of the draft (i.e. Pre-Draft), while (D) denotes trades that took place during the 2016 draft.

Round one
  1. ^ No. 8: multiple trades:
           No. 8: Miami → Philadelphia (PD). Miami traded its first-round selection (8th) to Philadelphia in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and Philadelphia's first-round selection (13th).[source 1]
            No. 8: Philadelphia → Cleveland (PD). see No. 2: Cleveland → Philadelphia.[source 2]
            No. 8: Cleveland → Tennessee (D). Cleveland traded its first- and sixth-round selections (8th and 176th) to Tennessee in exchange for Tennessee's first- and third-round selections (15th and 76th) as well as its 2017 second-round selection.[source 3]
Round two
  1. ^ No. 43: multiple trades:
           No. 43: Philadelphia → Los Angeles (PD). Philadelphia traded its second-round selection in this year's draft, a 2015 fourth-round selection and quarterback Nick Foles to Los Angeles in exchange for Los Angeles's 2015 fifth-round selection and quarterback Sam Bradford. The trade also included a possible conditional fourth-round selection in this year's draft that Philadelphia would have received if Bradford took less than 50 percent of the snaps in 2015. Bradford took the majority of snaps for Philadelphia in 2015, so the fourth-round pick was returned to Los Angeles.[source 4]
           No. 43: Los Angeles → Tennessee (PD). see No. 1: Tennessee → Los Angeles.[source 5]
  2. ^ No. 48: Indianapolis → Green Bay (D). Indianapolis traded its second-round selection (48th) to Green Bay in exchange for Green Bay's second-, fourth- and seventh-round selections (57th, 125th, and 248th).[source 6]
  3. ^ No. 61: multiple trades:
           No. 61: Arizona → New England (PD). Arizona traded its second-round selection and guard Jonathan Cooper to New England in exchange for defensive end Chandler Jones.[source 7]
           No. 61: New England → New Orleans (D). New England traded its second-round selection to New Orleans in exchange for New Orleans' third- and fourth-round selections (78th and 112nd).[source 8]
Round three
  1. ^ No. 86: Minnesota → Miami (D). Minnesota traded this selection to Miami in exchange for Miami's sixth-round selection (186th) and Miami's third- and fourth-round selections in 2017.[source 9]
  2. ^ No. 94: Denver → Seattle (PD). see No. 26: Seattle → Denver.[source 10]
Round four
  1. ^ No. 100: multiple trades:
           No. 100: Tennessee → Philadelphia (PD). Tennessee traded its fourth-round selection to Philadelphia in exchange for running back DeMarco Murray and Philadelphia's fourth-round selection (113th).[source 11]
           No. 100: Philadelphia → Cleveland (PD). see No. 2: Cleveland → Philadelphia.[source 3]
  2. ^ No. 106: multiple trades:
           No. 106: Chicago → Tampa Bay (D). see No. 9: Tampa Bay → Chicago.[source 3]
           No. 106: Tampa Bay → Kansas City (D). see No. 59: Kansas City → Tampa Bay.[source 3]
  3. ^ No. 130: Denver → Baltimore (PD). Denver traded this selection to Baltimore in exchange for Baltimore's fifth-round selection (144th) and center Gino Gradkowski.[source 12]
Round five


Round six
  1. ^ No. 176: Cleveland → Tennessee (D). see No. 8: Cleveland → Tennessee.[source 3]
  2. ^ No. 187: New Orleans → Washington (PD). New Orleans traded this selection along with its sixth-round selection in the 2015 NFL draft (187th) to Washington in exchange for Washington's fifth-round selection.[source 3]
  3. ^ No. 189: Oakland → Dallas (PD). see No. 143: Dallas → Oakland.[source 13]
  4. ^ No. 197: Washington → Tampa Bay (PD). Washington traded this selection to Tampa Bay in exchange for Tampa Bay's seventh-round selection (232nd) and safety Dashon Goldson.[source 14]
  5. ^ No. 198: Minnesota → San Diego (PD). Minnesota traded this selection to San Diego in exchange for offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles.[source 15]
  6. ^ No. 202: Seattle → Detroit (PD). Seattle traded this selection to Detroit in exchange for cornerback Mohammed Seisay.[source 16]
  7. ^ No. 204: multiple trades:
           No. 204: New England → Chicago (PD). New England traded this selection to Chicago in exchange for linebacker Jon Bostic.[source 17]
           No. 204: Chicago → New England (PD). see No. 127: New England → Chicago[source 18]
Round seven


Head coachesEdit

*Maryland fired Randy Edsall six games into the season. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was named interim coach for the remainder of the season

*Jerry Kill stepped down as Minnesota's coach on October 28, 2015 due to health reasons. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was named interim coach for a couple of weeks and then named the permanent replacement on November 11.[31][32]

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  3. ^ Maryland fires Randy Edsall
  4. ^ Jerry Kill retires immediately due to health concerns.
  5. ^ Tracy Claeys named permanent replacement at Minnesota
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  32. ^ Tracy Claeys hired on a permanent basis
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