The 2012 All-Big Ten teams were announced on Monday and both Illinois and Northwestern had players honored.
Northern Illinois can clinch its third straight MAC West division title with a win against Toledo on Wednesday.
Notre Dame moved up one spot in the latest BCS rankings, but the Irish still may need help to reach the national championship game.
Note Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a shoulder injury.
The Bears defense was strong once again on Sunday, forcing five turnovers and getting into the endzone for the seventh time this season.
Notre Dame dropped one spot in the BCS standings, despite winning against Pittsburgh.
The Bulls will be without Derrick Rose to start the season, but their offense got off to a good start even without the former MVP.
After struggling at times during the first few weeks of the season, Notre Dame's offense exploded against Miami.
After notoriously struggling at times in recent years, the Chicago Bears offensive line has done a better job of protecting Jay Cutler recently, including in Week 5.
Despite a lower batting average, Starlin Castro made strides in 2012. As Chicago's star player, he carries the weight of the franchise, something he knows and accepts.