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Big Ten Football Standings: Penn State And Michigan State Lead With Three Weeks To Go

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Though Minnesota is now officially eliminated from a wild Legends Division race, the final three weeks of the Big Ten Conference football season will be exciting, and the Golden Gophers can still play the role of spoiler. Already their upset of Iowa has prevented the Hawkeyes from playing for first place at home this weekend against Michigan State. This week's home game for Paul Bunyan's Axe can throw a similar wrench into the Leaders Division as well.

Penn State leads the Leaders Division by two full games, and a Minnesota upset of Wisconsin combined with Purdue beating Ohio State and Penn State beating Nebraska could clinch that division for the Nittany Lions. The Legends Division is not so simple. Michigan State leads by a game, but they travel to Iowa City this week. If the Hawkeyes win, a four-way tie could result if Nebraska beats Penn State and Michigan beats Illinois.

Here are the full Big Ten Standings after week 10:


Big Ten Conference Standings

(updated 11.6.2011 at 1:37 AM EDT)

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


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