The first Big Ten Championship game is a little less than four weeks away in Indianapolis, and if the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to make it to Lucas Oil Stadium they will need some assistance. Ohio State sits two games behind Leaders Division front-runner Penn State, but the Buckeyes still have a game left with the Nittany Lions. Penn State also has a brutal finishing schedule in the final three week. The Nittany Lions host Nebraska this week before traveling to Columbus, then Madison to face Wisconsin. Victories in two of those three games would send Penn State to Indianapolis regardless of what Ohio State does. Of course, Ohio State must get through a tricky trip to West Lafayette this week. The Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games played at Ross-Ade Stadium against the Boilermakers, including a stunning 26-18 upset two years ago.
The Legends Division appears stable for now, but if Iowa can replicate another upset victory, this time over Michigan State, choas will ensue. The Spartans lead the Division, but only by a game over Nebraska, Michigan, and Iowa. A perfect storm of Iowa over MSU, Nebraska over PSU, and Michigan over Illinois this week would leave that division with a four-way tie for first place.
Here are the full standings after week 10:
Big Ten Conference Standings
(updated 11.6.2011 at 1:37 AM EDT)
|Penn St. Nittany Lions||5||0||8||1|
|Ohio St. Buckeyes||3||2||6||3|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||2||3||6||3|
|Michigan St. Spartans||4||1||7||2|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||1||4||2||7|