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2012 Big Ten Football Standings: Gophers fall to 1-4 after Michigan loss

Jerry Kill's Golden Gophers stayed in last place in the Legends Division over the weekend following a loss to Michigan.

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Unable to get any momentum going on their home field, the Minnesota Golden Golphers fell further into last place in the Legends Division on Saturday with a loss to Michigan.

Minnesota freshman quarterback Philip Nelson completed fewer than 50% of his passes for a season-low 142 yards in the defeat, and was routinely bottled up as a scrambler by Michigan's defense. Nelson is now 1-2 since taking over at quarterback for head coach Jerry Kill in Week 8, and is expected to finish out the year under center while senior MarQueis Gray sticks at wide receiver.

Narrowly behind both Iowa and Michigan State at the moment, the Gophers will travel to Illinois in Week 11 for a battle against a team still in search of its first Big Ten victory. Knowing that one victory would make them bowl-eligible, the Gophers will finish out their 2012 slate with a road game at Nebraska before returning home to play Michigan State.

Here are the full Big Ten standings through 10 weeks.

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

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.