Big 10, Big 12 and Big East Capsules Week Seven

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 18, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes throws a pass while playing the Penn State Nittnay Lions on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Big 10

Conference Leader: Iowa (7-0, 3-0)

Lurking: Michigan State (4-3, 3-1)

Game of Last Week: Michigan State 24 vs. Northwestern 14. The Spartans and quarterback Kirk Cousins have emerged as a legitimate Big 10 contender, and trailing at half to the Wildcats, were able to make the comeback and sneak into a tie for second place in the conference

Game of Next Week: Michigan vs. Iowa. Two of the leaders of this year’s Big 10 resurgence which has come mostly without the help of Ohio State, the only Big 10 team to play in the BCS National Championship game.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes.

Big 12

Conference Leaders: Kansas State (North Division; 4-3, 2-1), Texas (South Division; 6-0, 3-0)

Lurking: Oklahoma State (South Division; 5-1, 2-0)

Game of Last Week: Texas 16 vs. Oklahoma 13. The Red River Shootout lived up to its hype, and although Sam Bradford was knocked out early in the game, the teams played close, and a game-saving tackle by Colt McCoy on his own interception likely preserved the Longhorn’s season and national title hopes.

Game of Next Week: Texas vs. Missouri. Although Missouri is winless in conference play as of yet, they look to matchup well with the Longhorns, and the recent struggle of the Texas offense may hold the key for a Tigers upset bid.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.

Big East

Conference Leader: Pittsburgh (6-1, 3-0)

Lurking: Cincinnati (6-0, 2-0)

Game of Last Week: Cincinnati 34 vs. South Florida 17. A matchup of the class of the Big East turned into a national coming out party for the strong Cincinnati offense, and although Tony Pike was injured in the contest, a statement was made about the legitimacy of the Big East teams.

Game of Next Week: South Florida vs. Pittsburgh. Now looking to avenge the loss to Cincinnati, the Bulls will now have to travel to Pittsburgh to try their luck against the Panthers, who lead the Big East conference.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.