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2012 Big Ten Football Standings: Wisconsin headed to the Rose Bowl

The Wisconsin Badgers will head to the Rose Bowl despite finishing third in the Leaders Division this year, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will go to a bowl despite finishing in last in the Legends. Here are the final Big Ten standings of 2012.

Leon Halip

The Wisconsin Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten's champion for the third consecutive season, thanks to their 70-31 drubbing of Nebraska in the Big Ten title game. It's the first time in history that a five-loss team will appear in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers actually finished third in the Leaders Division, but postseason bans for Ohio State and Penn State allowed them to appear in the title game.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers end the season in last place in the Legends Division, but they will still go to a bowl game after finishing 6-6. The Gophers will face Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28.

Here are the final Big Ten standings of the 2012 season.

Legends Division Conf. W-L Overall W-L
Nebraska 7-1 10-3
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
Leaders Division Conf. W-L Overall W-L
Ohio State 8-0 12-0
Penn State 6-2 8-4
Wisconsin 4-4 8-5
Purdue 3-5 6-6
Indiana 2-6 4-8
Illinois 0-8 2-10

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