Ever since the Rose Bowl Game of 1948 when Michigan ran roughshod over Southern California with a score of 49 to 0, the reputation of the Western Conference's Big 9 (nee Big 10) has been overpowering the supporters of football in other parts of the country. Here is the history of football among the schools that comprise that fabulous conference: Minnesota, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Chicago. Chicago dropped out in 1940. A story of the teams; coaches and players which made the game so important that one wonders whether scholars were accepted at the colleges involved. It's all football and real football at that and the names are those of the leaders of the game whose fame is nation-wide. For the persons who enjoy the historical sports story and for those wanting a background for conversation at the next class reunion.