10 Things We Learned About the Big Ten in Week 12

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10 Things We Learned About the Big Ten in Week 12
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
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The penultimate week of Big Ten regular season play brought a few good competitive games, but not a lot of surprises. The best five teams in the conference continued to distance themselves from the pack as Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State all racked up victories.

Purdue also joined the fun with a second-straight win in a row, but it happened against Illinois, so that kind of counts as half a victory these days. Still, half a victory might be enough to save Danny Hope's job if Purdue can follow that performance up with a sixth win against rival Indiana this week.

The same three teams are still in the mix for the conference championship, as Wisconsin had already clinched the trip to Indianapolis thanks to Ohio State and Penn State being ineligible for post-season play. While all cards point to a Nebraska-Wisconsin rematch, there's always hope as long as there are games left to play for Michigan. Just ask Notre Dame, Alabama, and Georgia.

Before we get to the lovely hate that is rivalry week, let's take a look at the lessons from this past weekend in Big Ten football.

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