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How Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State Can Win The Big Ten East

The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: The opening kickoff takes place between Iowa and Ohio State during the first quarter on September 24, 2005 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Iowa 31-6. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Big Ten East isn't complicated - so long as Ohio State wins out.

Technically, there are still four teams capable of winning the Big Ten East and taking on Wisconsin in the league's title game. But at this point, it's Ohio State's division title to lose.

Let's take a look at how Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State can all win the division.

Current standings:

  • Ohio State : 6-1
  • Penn State: 5-2
  • Michigan State: 5-2
  • Michigan: 5-2

Remember, Ohio State beat Penn State and Michigan State. Penn State lost to Ohio State and Michigan State but beat Michigan. Michigan State lost to Ohio State, beat Penn State and beat Michigan. And Michigan lost to both Penn State and Michigan State but has yet to play Ohio State.

First, the remaining schedules for each team:

Ohio State: Home vs. Illinois, Away vs. Michigan

Michigan: Away vs. Wisconsin, Home vs. Ohio State

Michigan State: Home vs. Maryland, Away vs. Rutgers

Penn State: Home vs. Nebraska, Away vs Maryland

Here's how each team winds up winning the division:

Ohio State

The Buckeyes simply need to win out to win the division. They could also afford to lose a game, so long as Michigan loses to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes win any tie-breaker scenario unless they lose to Michigan and they're only tied with Michigan.

Michigan

The Wolverines still technically have a shot, but they need help. They have to beat both Wisconsin and Ohio State. They then also need both Penn State and Michigan State to drop a game. Why? Because they lost to both teams and therefore don't have the tiebreaker over either of them.

Michigan State

Michigan State needs to win out, obviously, and get help. The Spartans need Ohio State to lose twice, because they don't own the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes.

Penn State

Penn State also needs to win out and see Ohio State lose twice. The Nittany Lions also need Michigan State to drop a game, since they lost to them earlier in the year and therefore don't own that tiebreaker.