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Big Ten Football Standings 2012: Wisconsin likely nabs spot in conference title game

A big win over Indiana on Saturday likely has secured Wisconsin a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game this year.

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

With a big victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers have all but locked up a spot in this year's Big Ten Championship Game. While the Badgers are technically tied for second in the "Leaders" division, the two they're competing with are both ineligible to play due to NCAA violations.

A 4-2 record in Big Ten play isn't exactly great, but it should be more than enough to win the division given the respective postseason bans of the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Penn St. Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes are unbeaten this year while the Nittany Lions are also 4-2 in conference play.

Behind the Badgers in the standings are the Hoosiers, Purdue Boilermakers and Illinois Fighting Illini, but those three teams have combined for just three wins against conference opponents this year. One of those wins is Indiana's 31-17 victory over Illinois, and the other two are against a struggling Iowa Hawkeyes team.

In the "Legends" division, the Michigan Wolverines and Nebraska Cornhuskers are tied atop the standings with 5-1 conference records. Nebraska has an easier road from here, though, with remaining games against Minnesota and Iowa, plus they own the tiebreaker having beaten Michigan earlier this year.