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The two divisions are called Leaders and Legends. It’s a little confusing to remember which team is in which division. Here’s a way to remember.
The name Legends has an ‘n’ in it. All the teams that begin with M or N are in the Legends Division (Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern). Add to that Iowa, and you have all six teams.
The six others are all in the Leaders division (Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin).
We already know that Wisconsin will represent the Leaders Division since Ohio State and Penn State, which have better records, are ineligible for postseason play. There are two key games this weekend that will determine the winner of the Legends Division.
No. 14 Nebraska at Iowa: Nebraska and Michigan each have one conference loss. But Michigan’s loss was to Nebraska. Thus, Nebraska wins the tiebreaker it has the same number of conference losses after this weekend. If Nebraska beats Iowa, its assured a spot in the Big Ten championship game.
Iowa is having a bad season and brings a five-game losing streak into this game. It looks good for Nebraska.
No. 19 Michigan at Ohio State. Michigan has a tough battle on its hands. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is one of the strongest rivalry games in the country. Both teams plan 364 days in advance of the next game for this matchup. Undefeated Ohio State should have the edge. It also has the home-field advantage.
Michigan’s only chance for a chance at the Big Ten championship game is to upset Ohio State and to have Nebraska lose to Iowa. It looks bad for Michigan.
Note that Ohio State does not have a BCS ranking since it is bowl ineligible. But it is undefeated at 11-0 and is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll.