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.
- 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:
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.
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 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 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.