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1956 Big Ten Conference Year Summary

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Record: 48-33-10, .582 W-L% (1st of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 12.49 (1st of 12) ▪ SOS: 9.61 (1st of 12)

Conference Champion: Iowa

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Iowa 9 1 0 .900 5 1 0 .833 21.9 8.4 19.50 7.90
Michigan 7 2 0 .778 5 2 0 .714 25.9 13.7 22.71 11.71
Minnesota 6 1 2 .778 4 1 2 .714 14.1 9.7 19.07 13.07
Michigan State 7 2 0 .778 4 2 0 .667 26.6 9.7 18.97 6.86
Ohio State 6 3 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 17.8 9.0 16.64 8.64
Northwestern 4 4 1 .500 3 3 1 .500 11.9 12.4 8.57 8.24
Purdue 3 4 2 .444 1 4 2 .286 15.4 13.6 9.52 8.74
Illinois 2 5 2 .333 1 4 2 .286 13.8 17.1 8.43 12.87
Wisconsin 1 5 3 .278 0 4 3 .214 10.3 14.3 5.30 10.30
Indiana 3 6 0 .333 1 5 0 .167 14.3 29.2 -3.76 7.80

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 Final
Iowa     20   12 12 7 15 7 3 3 3
Michigan 8 13 5 12 8 5 17 10 10 9 7 7
Michigan State 2 3 2 2 2 1 4 4 3 10 9 9
Minnesota       17     8 6 17 7 10 12
Ohio State 5 8 4 5 5 9 6 7 6 12 20 15
Illinois 20   13                  
Purdue         17              

1 Bowl Game

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1957-01-01 Rose Bowl Iowa 35 Oregon State 19 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Len Dawson (Purdue) 53.1

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Len Dawson (Purdue) 6.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Len Dawson (Purdue) 4.2

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Len Dawson (Purdue) 110.8

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Galen Cisco (Ohio State) 6.8
2. Terry Barr (Michigan) 6.1
3. Dennis Mendyk (Michigan State) 5.8
4. Don Clark (Ohio State) 5.7
5. Ken Ploen* (Iowa) 5.7
6. Dale Smith (Illinois) 5.7
7. Danny Lewis (Wisconsin) 5.5
8. Abe Woodson (Illinois) 5.4
9. Bob McKeiver (Northwestern) 5.1
10. Don Dobrino* (Iowa) 5.0

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Ron Kramer (Michigan) 19.6
2. Brad Bomba (Indiana) 13.1

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Melvin Dillard (Purdue) 203
2. James Roseboro (Ohio State) 156
3. Bob Fee (Indiana) 141
4. Don Clark (Ohio State) 139
5. Bob Cox (Minnesota) 130
6. Bob McKeiver (Northwestern) 129
7. John Herrnstein (Michigan) 123
8. Abe Woodson (Illinois) 122
9. Jim Pace (Michigan) 110
10. Bill Happel* (Iowa) 103
  Danny Lewis (Wisconsin) 103

Total Plays

1. Melvin Dillard (Purdue) 195
2. Bob Cox (Minnesota) 183
3. Len Dawson (Purdue) 174
4. James Roseboro (Ohio State) 163
5. Ken Ploen* (Iowa) 150
6. Don Clark (Ohio State) 146
7. Bob Fee (Indiana) 134
8. John Herrnstein (Michigan) 124
9. Bob McKeiver (Northwestern) 118
10. Jim Pace (Michigan) 115

Total Yards

1. Melvin Dillard (Purdue) 902
2. Don Clark (Ohio State) 885
3. Len Dawson (Purdue) 879
4. Ken Ploen* (Iowa) 873
5. Bob Cox (Minnesota) 793
6. James Roseboro (Ohio State) 757
7. Bob Fee (Indiana) 621
8. Abe Woodson (Illinois) 599
9. Jim Pace (Michigan) 595
10. Bob McKeiver (Northwestern) 592