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Big Ten Football Standings 2012: Nebraska, Wisconsin to Big Ten Championship game

Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers in the Leaders division but are ineligible for postseason play.

Eric Francis

The regular season for college football ended Saturday but we knew who would be playing in the Big Ten Championship game on Friday. The Nebraska Cornhuskers 13-7 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday sealed their spot in the championship game, making the Michigan Wolverines' tilt with the Ohio State Buckeyes meaningless as far as their place in the championship game goes. Michigan fell to the Buckeyes, finishing the season a game behind the Cornhuskers in the Legends division.

The Northwestern Wildcats completed their stellar season with a dominating win over the Illinois Fighting Illini and finished third in the division. The Michigan St. Spartans finished in fourth with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers behind them at 2-6 in conference play.

The Wisconsin Badgers made it to the championship game even though they finished third in the Leaders division behind Ohio State at 8-0 and the Penn St. Nittany Lions at 6-2. Both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA violations. Behind the Badgers sit the Purdue Boilermakers at 3-5 in conference play with the Indiana Hoosiers in fifth and the Fighting Illini in last with a donut in the conference win column.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.