Here’s how the Scarlet Knights can do it.
Toward the end of October, we pointed out that it was actually still possible for Rutgers – yes, Rutgers – to win the Big Ten this season.
A couple of weeks later, it’s still possible.
Here’s how Rutgers can end the year as Big Ten champions:
1. Rutgers needs to win out, beating Penn State and Indiana on the road and Michigan State at home. This would have the Scarlet Knights at 6-3 in the Big Ten.
2. Michigan State beats Ohio State on Saturday but loses its final two games, finishing 6-3.
3. Ohio State loses all three of its remaining games, finishing 5-4.
4. Michigan beats Ohio State but loses its other games (Maryland, Wisconsin) to finish 5-4.
This would have Rutgers, Michigan State and Penn State tied atop the Big Ten East Division at 6-3 and since the Scarlet Knights would’ve been 2-0 against MSU and PSU, they’d win the tie breaker.
Rutgers would then have to a chance to play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.
There are a couple of other tiebreaker scenarios that could work, too, and NJ.com pointed them out here.