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Big Ten Football Standings 2012: Northwestern falls in Legend Division

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

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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
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
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