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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The winner of Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) and No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0) will clinch the Big Ten East division title. But in the West, it’s a little more open and complex.
Three teams from the Big Ten West still have a chance to win the divisional title and earn a place in the conference championship game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3. Here is how each team can clinch a 13th game before bowl season starts.
Purdue (7-4, 5-3)
First in the standings is Purdue, which now controls its own destiny after Iowa’s 24-17 loss to Nebraska on Friday. The Boilermakers are in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday to play at Indiana at 3:30 p.m.
With Iowa’s loss, Purdue just needs to beat the Hoosiers to earn its first-ever Big Ten West division title. Neither Ohio State or Michigan played Purdue in the 2022 regular season.
Illinois (7-4, 5-3)
Another team with a chance is Illinois, which also has never made a Big Ten championship game. Simply put, the Illini will root for more mayhem and disorder Saturday for its shot against Ohio State or Michigan.
Illinois is in Evanston, Illinois, to play Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Nebraska’s win over Iowa gives the Illini a chance Saturday as it needs to beat Northwestern and the Hoosiers to beat Purdue to make its first Big Ten title game in program history.
The Illini almost sent the Wolverines to Columbus with a loss before falling 19-17 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State has not played Illinois since 2017.
Iowa (7-5, 5-4)
Iowa had a chance to end all doubt in the West if they beat Nebraska on Friday. Despite the loss to the Cornhuskers, the Hawkeyes will have to sit and wait Saturday to see if they can still make it.
For the Hawkeyes to hop over Purdue and Illinois, they need the Boilermakers to lose to Indiana and the Illini to fall to the Wildcats to win the division on tiebreakers. If that happens, Iowa would make its second consecutive Big Ten championship.
Last season, Iowa lost to Michigan 42-3 in the conference championship. This season, the Hawkeyes lost to the Buckeyes 54-10 at Ohio Stadium and fell to the Wolverines 27-14 in Iowa City.