Big Ten football standings 2012: Michigan falters in loss to Nebraska

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan's Rose Bowl hopes took a big hit on Saturday.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Wisconsin Badgers are in the driver's seats in their respective divisions after the Saturday. The Cornhuskers lead Legends, while the Badgers are on top of Leaders. Michigan had a chance to keep control of their own destiny for the Rose Bowl, but lost that in a crushing defeat to Nebraska on Saturday.

Ohio State is tops overall in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes and the second-place Nittany Lions will not be eligibile for the title game. That leaves Wisconsin, who is 3-2 in conference play, well ahead of 1-3 Indiana.

Nebraska now holds a tiebreaker over Michigan and Northwestern, as the Cornhuskers have beaten both those teams. Nebraska is still no guarantee for the division title, as they have a trip to East Lansing to face Michigan State and Penn State at home remaining on their schedule.

With two of the conference's top teams ineligible, it will surely be an exciting battle down the stretch, as divisional battles are wide open for a shot at the Rose Bowl.

The Wolverines will need some help, and have to hope for a Nebraska loss. Michigan State now sits at three losses, and is a longshot to win the division.

Complete standings can be found below.


Big 10 Conference Standings

(updated 10.28.2012 at 2:01 AM EDT)

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


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