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Big Ten football standings 2012: Wolverines take 2nd, Spartans place 4th in Legends

Michigan finished out the regular season in second place in the Legends Division, while Michigan State grabbed sole possession of fourth.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Unable to slide past a rival Ohio State team on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines closed out their 2012 regular season as the No. 2 team in the Big Ten's Legends Division.

Along with falling short to the Buckeyes, Michigan watched as the Nebraska Cornhuskers officially sealed up the divisional crown on Friday afternoon with a victory over Iowa. Still one of the most coveted teams in the conference due to bowl bans for both Ohio State and Penn State, Brady Hoke's Wolverines are currently projected to play Georgia in the Capital One Bowl according to SB Nation's Week 14 bowl projections.

Lucky to have punched their ticket to the postseason with a victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans narrowly avoided a last-place finish in the division. In addition to losing four of their last six games, the Spartans could only muster a 2-5 record on their home field this year.

Here are the Big Ten standings after 13 weeks of action:

Big Ten - Legends CONF OVERALL
Nebraska 7-1 10-2
Michigan 6-2 8-4
Northwestern 5-3 9-3
Michigan State 3-5 6-6
Iowa 2-6 4-8
Minnesota 2-6 6-6
Big Ten - Leaders CONF OVERALL
Ohio State 8-0 12-0
Penn State 6-2 8-4
Wisconsin 4-4 7-5
Purdue 3-5 6-6
Indiana 2-6 4-8
Illinois 0-8 2-10