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Big Ten Football Standings 2012: Brady Hoke's Wolverines keep conference title hopes alive

The Michigan Wolverines moved to 6-1 in the Legends Division on Saturday with a convincing win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gregory Shamus

Still with an outside chance to make a trip to the Big Ten title game, the Michigan Wolverines stayed on pace in the Legends Division over the weekend with a 25-point win over Iowa.

The Wolverines currently sit in a tie with Nebraska at 6-1 in the division, but will be forced to take down the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday in order to keep their hopes alive. While they will certainly have their hands full with Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, Brady Hoke's Wolverines would also need the Cornhuskers to drop their season finale to Penn State to punch their ticket to the Big Ten title game.

After coming up short in yet another close conference game, the Michigan State Spartans fell down to 2-5 in Big Ten play with their sixth loss of the season on Saturday. Despite featuring a defense that continues to put in strong performance on a weekly basis, the Spartans will now be forced to win their season finale with Minnesota in order to become bowl-eligible.

Big Ten - Legends CONF OVERALL
Nebraska 6-1 9-2
Michigan 6-1 8-3
Northwestern 4-3 8-3
Minnesota 2-5 6-5
Iowa 2-5 4-7
Michigan State 2-5 5-6
Big Ten - Leaders CONF OVERALL
Ohio State 7-0 11-0
Penn State 5-2 7-4
Wisconsin 4-3 7-4
Purdue 2-5 5-6
Indiana 2-5 4-7
Illinois 0-7 2-9