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Big Ten football standings 2012: Michigan sits atop Legends Division after win

Brady Hoke's Wolverines used a 12-10 victory over Michigan State to claim first place in the Legends Division after eight weeks, while Michigan State fell to a disappointing 1-3 in conference play.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

On the heels of their two-point victory over Michigan State on Saturday, Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten's Legends Division with the win.

One of three Big Ten schools currently undefeated in conference games, the Wolverines needed a late Brendan Gibbons field goal to halt a frustrating four-game losing streak to Mark Dantonio and the Spartans. The Iowa Hawkeyes, despite entering the weekend in a tie with Michigan at 2-0 in conference play, were promptly blown out by Penn State earlier in the afternoon to fall into a tie for second place in the division.

After losing just two regular season conference games over the last two seasons, Dantonio's Spartans sit in a precarious position at 1-3 in league play. Daunting games against Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern all remain on the schedule, as the 4-4 Spartans will face the possibility of falling below .500 next weekend in Madison, Wisc.

Here are the full Big Ten standings after eight weeks of action:

Legends CONF OVERALL
Michigan 3-0 5-2
Nebraska 2-1 5-2
Iowa 2-1 4-3
Northwestern 2-2 6-2
Michigan State 1-3 4-4
Minnesota 0-3 4-3
Leaders CONF OVERALL
x - Ohio State 4-0 8-0
x - Penn State 3-0 5-2
Wisconsin 3-1 6-2
Purdue 0-3 3-4
Illinois 0-3 2-5
Indiana 0-3 2-5