Wisconsin appears primed to appear in the Big Ten Championship game by default, as they're the only eligible team in the Leaders Division to have won a conference game.
Penn State and Ohio State are each undefeated in Big Ten play, with the Buckeyes moving to 3-0 this week with a surprisingly close win over Indiana. Meanwhile, Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois are a combined 0-8. That leaves Wisconsin. After non-conference played, it appeared this week's matchup between the Badgers and a surprising Boilermakers team would be a de facto battle to play in Indianapolis. However, Purdue dropped its second straight, losing 38-14 to Wisconsin, leaving the Badgers in control of the division with five games to play.
The Legends Division is slightly more respectable: Michigan and Iowa are each 4-2 with both losses out of conference play, Michigan losing only to No. 1 Alabama and now-No. 5 Notre Dame. Both won this week, Michigan stomping Illinois, 45-0 while the Hawkeyes dropped a struggling Michigan State team 19-16 in double overtime. Northwestern is the first bowl eligible team in the conference, earning its sixth win by taking down Minnesota 21-13.
Ohio State would probably be highly ranked in the BCS standings were they eligible, instead, the conference failed to place any of its 12 teams.
Here's a full look at the Big Ten standings:
Big 10 Conference Standings
(updated 10.7.2012 at 2:49 AM CDT)
|Ohio St. Buckeyes||2||0||6||0|
|Penn St. Nittany Lions||2||0||4||2|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||0||2||2||4|