COLUMBUS, OH, Sporting Alert – The Big Ten football standings and statistics ahead of the final week on the regular season schedule.
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With three teams ranked in the AP top 25 latest poll and two in the recent College Football Playoff rankings, the upcoming weekend will be vital for several of the conference powerhouses.
Michigan and Wisconsin are the respective leaders in the Big Ten division and both programs have a very good chance to play in the league championship game.
The Wolverines control their own destiny in the Big Ten East Division, while the Badgers control the West Division.
A win for both teams this coming weekend would see them clashing in the conference tournament game and a possible place in the college football playoff semi-final.
Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are all locked in a three-way tie in the East, with the trio holding 7-1 records.
The Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) and Wolverines (10-1, 7-1) will meet in a high-quality clash, while the Nittany Lions (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) are hosting Michigan State (3-8, 1-7).
Rutgers is sitting last in the division with a 0-8 record, while overall, the Scarlet Knights are 2-9.
They will close out the regular season schedule at Maryland.
In the West, Wisconsin and Nebraska are sitting on 6-2 conference records and 9-2 marks overall for the season.
The Cornhuskers are at Iowa this coming weekend, while the Badgers will entertain Minnesota (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten).
Indiana (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) travels to Purdue (3-8, 1-7).
Purdue sits last in the West Division.
Heading the weekend fixtures, Penn State is on a seven-game winning streak, while Wisconsin is on a five-game winning streak.
Also with a highlighted winning streak entering this weekend is Ohio State.
NOTE: Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in the College Football and AP Top 25 rankings, Michigan State is No. 3 in the CFP rankings, while Penn State is No. 8.