The final week of regular-season play in Big Ten football settled many of the storylines that had developed throughout the course of the season. At the top of the ledger, Ohio State finished off a 12-0 season with a win against rival Michigan. However, the Buckeyes will not be playing in next weekend's Big Ten championship game thanks to NCAA sanctions.
In their place will be Wisconsin, which finished third in the Leaders Division following another overtime loss, this time to the second-place team, Penn State (which is also postseason ineligible). Purdue reached bowl eligibility with a third straight win over Indiana, while Michigan State also grabbed a sixth win against Minnesota.
In the Legends Division, Nebraska held onto the top spot by defeating Iowa in a hard-fought battle on Black Friday. Michigan's loss also would have locked up the appearance in the title game in Indianapolis for Nebraska. Northwestern held onto third place in that division with a closing win against Illinois, which puts the finishing touches on a thud of an 0-8 Big Ten season for the Illini.
Let's take a look at the lessons from this final full week of Big Ten play.