The two teams atop the Leaders division are both ineligible, as the race for the Big Ten championship continues to be muddled in a down year for the conference.
Penn State and Ohio State are each undefeated in conference play, as the Buckeyes held off a late surge by Indiana 52-49 and Penn State was on bye. The only other team in the division to have won a game thus far is Wisconsin, who moved to 2-1 with a victory over Purdue. With five games left for the Badgers, they appear to have a spot in the Big Ten Championship game wrapped up barring a drastic collapse.
Michigan appears to be the cream of the eligible crop, as they moved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over Illinois. They're tied at 2-0 in conference play with Iowa, who earned a surprising overtime win over Michigan State. The only bowl eligible team after seven weeks is Northwestern, who are 6-1 but their Week 6 loss to Penn State means they're trailing in the division race at 2-1.
The conference did not have any teams in the Top 25 of the initial BCS rankings.
Here's a look at the full conference 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|