Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East Rundown Week Nine

Big Ten

Conference Leader: Michigan State (8-1, 4-1)

Lurking: Ohio State (8-1, 4-1)

Game of Last Week: Iowa 37 vs. Michigan State 6. The Spartans were looking to use a road win at Iowa to propel them to an undefeated season and a Big Ten crown. The Hawkeyes had other ideas — knocking Michigan State out of the BCS title race, and reinserting themselves into the Big Ten race.

Game of Next Week: Illinois vs. Michigan. The Illini’s only two conference losses have come against the cream of the Big Ten crop, can Michigan and Denard Robinson hang with them at home?

Bowl Eligible Teams: Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern Wildcats.

Big 12

Conference Leaders: Nebraska (7-1, 3-1; North Division) and Baylor (7-2, 4-1; South Division)

Lurking: Missouri (7-1, 3-1; North Division) and Oklahoma State (7-1, 3-1; South Division)

Game of Last Week: Nebraska 31 vs. Missouri 17. Missouri looked to keep its undefeated season alive against Nebraska after toppling former BCS No. 1 Oklahoma last weekend. The Cornhuskers instead ran all over the Tigers and gave Missouri its first loss.

Game of Next Week: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor. Two surprise contenders for the South Division lead will play the equivalent of a knockout game for a chance at the South crown.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Baylor Bears.

Big East

Conference Leader: Pittsburgh (5-3, 3-0)

Lurking: Syracuse (6-2, 3-1)

Game of Last Week: Connecticut 16 vs. West Virginia 13. The Huskies needed overtime, but they were finally able to defeat West Virginia — a first in the team’s time in the Big East.

Game of Next Week: Rutgers vs. South Florida. Its hard to stress enough — every team in the Big East can still take the conference title and BCS bid, but if either of these teams want a shot, they’ll have to come out of this matchup with a win.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.

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Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East Rundown Week Eight

Big Ten

Conference Leader: Michigan State (8-0, 4-0)

Lurking: Wisconsin (7-1, 3-1)

Game of Last Week: Wisconsin 31 vs. Iowa 30. In what might end up being a Big Ten championship knockout game, the Badgers didn’t fall victim to the letdown after upsetting Ohio State last weekend and held off Iowa’s last-minute comeback.

Game of Next Week: Michigan State vs. Iowa. If the Spartans can survive their trip into Iowa City, they have an easy path to an undefeated season and a Big Ten conference championship awaiting them

Bowl Eligible Teams: Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers.

Big 12

Conference Leaders: Missouri (7-0, 3-0; North Division) and Baylor (6-2, 3-1; South Division)

Lurking: Nebraska (6-1, 2-1; North Division) and Oklahoma State (6-1, 2-1; South Division)

Game of Last Week: Missouri 36 vs. Oklahoma 27. Yet another upset as Missouri knocks off the then-No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners at home and sends the Big 12 title chase and BCS standings into complete chaos.

Game of Next Week: Missouri vs. Nebraska. The Tigers will hope to avoid the expected letdown after beating Oklahoma when they travel into Lincoln to take on the Cornhuskers — who despite falling to Texas two weekends ago, continue to look strong.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Baylor Bears.

Big East

Conference Leader: Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-0)

Lurking: Syracuse (5-2, 2-1)

Game of Last Week: Syracuse 19 vs. West Virginia 14. An upset in the completely unpredictable Big East reveals the Orange to be legitimate conference title contenders.

Game of Next Week: Louisville vs. Pittsburgh. With literally every team still alive in the Big East title chase, the current leader Panthers will look to avoid the upset to a good Cardinals team.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.

Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East Rundown Week Seven

Big Ten

Conference Leader: Michigan State (7-0, 3-0)

Lurking: Iowa (5-1, 2-0)

Game of Last Week: Wisconsin 31 vs. Ohio State 18. For the second straight week, the nation’s No. 1 team falls to a one-beaten conference foe, this time the Badgers rather easily dispatch the Buckeyes.

Game of Next Week: Wisconsin vs. Iowa. Both teams have revived their chances at a Big Ten title with the Badgers’ victory over Ohio State last weekend. A victory here would give either team fire for the stretch run in the Big Ten.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers.

Big 12

Conference Leaders: Missouri (6-0, 2-0; North Division) and Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0; South Division)

Lurking: Kansas State (5-1, 2-1; North Division) and Oklahoma State (6-0, 2-0; South Division)

Game of Last Week: Texas 20 vs. Nebraska 13. Nebraska welcomed Texas into Lincoln hoping for some revenge for last season’s last second loss in the Big 12 Championship Game. Instead the Longhorns pulled the shocking upset.

Game of Next Week: Oklahoma vs. Missouri. Two of the nation’s remaining 10 unbeatens face off in a marquee prime time matchup. Oklahoma will be looking to end the streak of No. 1’s falling flat at two.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Big East

Conference Leader: West Virginia (5-1, 1-0)

Lurking: Rutgers (4-2, 1-0)

Game of Last Week: Cincinnati 35 vs. Louisville 27. Zach Collaros threw for five touchdowns as the Bearcats continue their recent run of Big East success.

Game of Next Week: Rutgers vs. Pittsburgh. Both teams won their Big East openers and will look to gain strong footing for the Big East stretch run.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.

Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East Capsules Week Six

Big Ten

Conference Leader: Michigan State (6-0, 2-0) and Ohio State (6-0, 2-0)

Lurking: Iowa (4-1, 1-0)

Game of Last Week: Michigan State 34 vs. Michigan 17. A proving ground for two undefeated teams in the Big Ten acted as a national coming out party for the Spartans as they contained Denard Robinson and the Wolverines well, and made a big first step towards national relevance.

Game of Next Week: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. This may the Buckeye’s hardest remaining test in their Big Ten schedule and the hardest remaining block towards an undefeated season as they travel to Camp Randall.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes.

Big 12

Conference Leaders: Nebraska (5-0, 1-0; North Division) and Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0; South Division)

Lurking: Missouri (5-0, 1-0; North Division) and Oklahoma State (5-0, 1-0; South Division)

Game of Last Week: Nebraska 48 vs. Kansas State 13. The Cornhuskers took the previously undefeated Wildcats to town behind an all-around performance from quarterback Taylor Martinez.

Game of Next Week: Nebraska vs. Texas. A matchup of last season’s Big 12 Championship Game is without its stars Colt McCoy and Ndamukong Suh, but could still be very entertaining. Undefeated Nebraska will certainly be tested by a down but not out Longhorn squad.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.

Big East

Conference Leader: Syracuse (4-1, 1-0)

Lurking: Rutgers (3-2, 1-0)

Game of Last Week: Rutgers 27 vs. Connecticut 24. Rutgers scored 10 points in the final four minutes to overcome a touchdown Huskies lead at home to send their blacked-out crowd into a frenzy.

Game of Next Week: West Virginia vs. South Florida. Two teams that have been in the midst of the Big East race each of the past few seasons take aim at each other in this mid-October showdown.

Bowl Eligible Teams: None yet.