Heading into Week 9 there are four fairly equal teams topping the Big Ten Conference: Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa.
Wisconsin has already passed its biggest tests, getting by Ohio State and Iowa, while losing to Michigan State.
The Badgers only conceivable pitfall could come at Michigan if they forget to play to their full potential.
Michigan State has defeated Wisconsin and faces Iowa this weekend in their last big test. If they win against the Hawkeyes, the rest of their season seems secure.
With a win on Saturday, it is likely Michigan State would capture the Big Ten Conference title outright–– especially since the Spartans do not play Ohio State this season.
Iowa must win this Saturday to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten title. They have already lost to Wisconsin and cannot afford a loss against Michigan State or later to Ohio State on November 20 .
Both these big-stake games for Iowa will be played at home in Kinnick Stadium.
Ohio State lost to Wisconsin and now must win out including against Iowa on the road on November 20. Formerly ranked No. 1 in the BCS, Ohio State suffered the fate of all teams who have so far been ranked No. 1.