Big Ten Standings: Three Undefeated Teams Remain


With three weeks of Big Ten play in the books, three teams remain unscathed in the Big Ten standings as we prepare for another Saturday of Big Ten action.

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Let’s take a look at how the Big Ten standings shake out heading into Saturday’s games.

West Division

The Iowa Hawkeyes, who stood alone atop the West Division one week ago, remain there after crushing Northwestern 40-10 on the road last week. The Hawkeyes are now 3-0 in Big Ten West play, and control their own destiny in the final weeks of play.

Iowa is on a bye this week, and has Maryland, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, and Nebraska left on the schedule. If the Hawkeyes run the table, they’re in the Big Ten Championship.

Behind the Hawkeyes, the Wisconsin Badgers sit alone in second place in the west with a 2-1 conference record. Wisconsin took down Purdue last weekend, and has a favorable schedule the rest of the way. The Badgers will need some help, though, as Iowa will have to take some hits for the Badgers to have a chance at making it back to the Big Ten championship game.

Behind the Hawkeyes and the Badgers, Illinois, the Badgers opponent this weekend, has third place with a 1-1 record. The Fighting Illini have had their bye week, and can make things interesting with a win over the Badgers this weekend.

After a strong start to the season, Northwestern is 1-2 in the Big Ten, joined with the same record by Minnesota and Nebraska. 0-3 Purdue rounds out the standings.

Here’s how the West looks heading into week four of Big Ten play:

Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin Badgers /

Wisconsin Badgers

Iowa Hawkeyes (7-0, 3-0 B1G)

Wisconsin Badgers (5-2, 2-1 B1G)

Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2, 1-1 B1G)

Northwestern Wildcats (5-2, 1-2 B1G)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3, 1-2 B1G)

Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4, 1-2 B1G)

Purdue Boilermakers (1-6, 0-3 B1G)

East Division

As for the East, last week four teams had 2-0 records in Big Ten play, and those four teams took the field against each other, leaving two unbeatens in the division.

Michigan State and Ohio State stand atop the division with perfect 3-0 records after knocking off unbeaten Michigan and Pen State, respectively. Those who tuned in for the Michigan State-Michigan game were treated to one of the craziest finishes in college football history, the “Gift Six” as it’s been dubbed, as Michigan State survived to stay unbeaten.

Behind the two at the top are Michigan and Penn State, who fell to 2-1 in conference play after their respective losses. Rutgers is 1-2, and Maryland and Indiana remain winless in conference play.

Heres how the Big Ten standings shake out in the East.

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    Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-1 B1G)

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    Maryland Terrapins (2-4, 0-2 B1G)

    Indiana Hoosiers (4-3, 0-3 B1G)

    Week four of Big Ten play takes place this weekend, and we’ll get a little bit closer to solving the puzzle while we await some big head-to-head match ups in the East.

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