Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East Capsules for Week Eight in College Football

Bleacher ReportContributor IOctober 25, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a 21-10 victory over the Penn State Nittnay Lions with Travis Meade #61 on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Big Ten

Conference Leader: Iowa (8-0, 4-0)

Lurking: Ohio State (6-2, 4-1)

Game of Last Week: Iowa 15 vs. Michigan State 13.

Ricky Stanzi’s pass with no time remaining on the clock went for a touchdown after three incompletions left the Hawkeyes with a fourth and goal to go for the last second victory.

Game of Next Week: Penn State vs. Northwestern.

Two teams lurking under the Big Ten radar can make big statements with victories here.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes.


Big 12

Conference Leaders: Kansas State (North Division; 5-3, 3-1), Texas (South Division; 7-0, 4-0)

Lurking: Oklahoma State (South Division; 6-1, 3-0)

Game of Last Week: Iowa State 9 vs. Nebraska 7.

Nebraska committed an incredible eight turnovers, including four inside their own five-yard line, gift-wrapping the victory for the Cyclones.

Game of Next Week: Texas vs. Oklahoma State.

For the South Division lead and likely a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Texas Longhorns


Big East

Conference Leader: Pittsburgh (7-1, 4-0)

Lurking: Cincinnati (7-0, 3-0)

Game of Last Week: West Virginia 28 vs. Connecticut 24.

West Virginia prevailed over the heavy-hearted Huskies with a last minute touchdown run from Noel Devine to give the Mountaineers the much-needed victory.

Game of Next Week: South Florida vs. West Virginia.

Two teams with Big East title aspirations early this year will need to win out to have a chance. This game will be integral to both teams’ BCS hopes.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Pittsburgh Panthers, Cincinnati Bearcats.