Big Ten Football Standings 2012: Northwestern falls in Legend Division

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Northwestern saw a chance to take control of the early Legends Division race slip away.

Northwestern could have taken very early control of the Legends Division in the Big Ten had it been able to hold on in Happy Valley, but a furious comeback by the Nittany Lions ended those hopes. Northwestern is now at 1-1 in league play in advance of a trip to Minnesota to play the Golden Gophers.

Iowa and Michigan hold the early lead at the moment as each is 1-0 in conference play. Both of those teams have already had their off week as well. Michigan State, Northwestern, and Nebraska are all 1-1 with Minnesota sitting at the back at 0-1.

Fortunately for Northwestern, the loss did not come to a team within the division. They still have their five Legends Division games remaining as well as a game against 0-2 Illinois from the Leaders Division. Next week Iowa is at Michigan State while Michigan hosts Illinois and Nebraska has the week off.


Big 10 Conference Standings

(updated 10.7.2012 at 3:49 AM EDT)

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


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