10 Things We Learned About the Big Ten in Week 9

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10 Things We Learned About the Big Ten in Week 9
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Both teams still chasing that division title...

Another week of Big Ten football is in the books, and this was the first opportunity to see a full slate of six conference games. Those full slates will resume in two weeks after the last few teams take a bye, but it will be hard to match how even the games looked on paper coming into this weekend. Everybody had something to play for, even if it was just to stay out of the basement of the standings.

Speaking of the basement, Purdue and Illinois appear to be headed there together following their losses to previously-winless (in conference play) Minnesota and Indiana, respectively. Neither game was particularly close, although Indiana sweated it out until the fourth quarter as usual.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nebraska and Ohio State took control of their respective divisions with wins over the top competitors Michigan and Penn State. Although a rematch of the blowout in Columbus from early October is not possible thanks to Ohio State's ineligibility, these two teams have distanced themselves from the pack and hold their own destiny in the division championship chase.

Michigan State and Wisconsin treated us to another "thriller" in overtime, but it looked just like the other ugly Michigan State games in conference play. Northwestern kept a hex on Iowa and proved that the Wildcats may be one of the best teams in the Big Ten this season despite two conference losses.

So what did we learn from these results? Let's take a look at 10 things (plus a bonus at the end):

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