2012 Big Ten Football Standings: Wisconsin, Indiana to square off for title game berth

Jerry Schultheiss-US PRESSWIRE

The 6-3 Wisconsin Badgers will face the 4-5 Indiana Hoosiers with a likely trip to the Big Ten Championship game on the line, as a win for Indiana would make them the likely Leaders Divisions' representative in Indianapolis.

The battle for spots in the Big Ten title game has essentially been limited to two in each division: Nebraska and Michigan will fight for the Legends title, while Wisconsin and Indiana face off in a game that could seal the Badgers' hopes of going to Indianapolis.

The fact that the game between the 6-3 Badgers and 4-5 Hoosiers has major implications for an appearance in a title game has been the source of much derision, but it's the case: if Indiana beats Wisconsin, the teams will be tied at 3-3 in conference with two games to go, Indiana would then own the head-to-head tiebreaker and a more favorable schedule in the season's last two games. Wisconsin has long been the favorite in the division with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible, but Indiana has won back-to-back games including a come-from-behind 24-21 win over Iowa this past week.

In the other division, Nebraska's late score against Michigan State for a 28-24 win pushed them to No. 16 in the BCS and tied them with Michigan at 4-1 in conference. Nebraska holds the head-to-head tiebreaker after their 23-9 win against a Wolverines team without Denard Robinson. Michigan looked fine this past week with Devin Gardner at quarterback, coasting to a 35-13 win over Minnesota, but they would likely need to sweep the final three games of the season to go to Indianapolis.

Here's a look at the full conference standings:

Leaders Division

Ohio State 6-0 10-0
Penn State 4-1 6-3
Wisconsin 3-2 6-3
Indiana 2-3 4-5
Purdue 0-5 3-6
Illinois 0-5 2-7

Legends Division:

Nebraska 4-1 7-2
Michigan 4-1 6-3
Northwestern 3-2 7-2
Iowa 2-3 4-5
Michigan State 2-4 5-5
Minnesota 1-4 5-4

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