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2012 Big Ten Football Standings: Penn State finishes second in Leaders Division

Although they will be denied a bowl game, the Penn State Nittany Lions had a season to be proud of in 2012.

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

The Penn State football team capped off its surprising season with a 24-21 overtime win over Wisconsin Saturday to earn the second-best record in the Big Ten Leaders division.

But with Ohio State and Penn State both on suspensions, the third-place Wisconsin Badgers will get the chance to participate in the Big Ten championship against Nebraska on Dec. 1.

Penn State was just one of four schools with six or more conference wins on the season. Their 8-4 record was only one win shy what the 2011 Nittany Lions put up last year.

Below are the complete Big Ten standings heading into the conference championship game next Saturday:


Big 10 Conference Standings

(updated 11.24.2012 at 12:42 AM MST)

Leaders Division Conf Overall
W L W L
Ohio St. Buckeyes 8 0 12 0
Penn St. Nittany Lions 6 2 8 4
Wisconsin Badgers 4 4 7 5
Purdue Boilermakers 3 5 6 6
Indiana Hoosiers 2 6 4 8
Illinois Fighting Illini 0 8 2 10
Legends Division Conf Overall
W L W L
Nebraska Cornhuskers 7 1 10 2
Michigan Wolverines 6 2 8 4
Northwestern Wildcats 5 3 9 3
Michigan St. Spartans 3 5 6 6
Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 6 6 6
Iowa Hawkeyes 2 6 4 8