Here's what the Big Ten's Championship Week matchups would be if the season ended today
The Big Ten is through seven weeks, and Championship Week is starting to come into focus.
At the top, Northwestern has clinched the Big Ten West title and will be in the conference title game on Dec. 19. It seems likely the Wildcats’ opponent will be Ohio State, either via a win over Michigan on Saturday or the removal of the six-game minimum the Big Ten set earlier in the year.
Assuming it is Ohio State-Northwestern, there are still a few other compelling potential matchups.
Here’s what the full slate would be if the season ended today:
- Ohio State vs. Northwestern
- Indiana vs. Iowa
- Maryland vs. Wisconsin
- Michigan vs. Minnesota
- Michigan State vs. Purdue
- Penn State vs. Nebraska
- Rutgers vs. Illinois
There is a small caveat here — the Big Ten is likely to try to avoid repeat matchups. For example, Michigan-Minnesota, Penn State-Nebraska and Rutgers-Illinois could be adjusted to avoid that scenario.
Indiana and Iowa could determine a New Year’s 6 berth, depending on how the Ohio State-Northwestern game goes. Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. is out for the year but the Hoosiers were still able to get a top-25 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. Iowa has won five straight games, including four by double digits, since starting the year 0-2.
Maryland-Wisconsin would be a matchup of two teams who have arguably had the toughest time with COVID-19 this season. Both offenses have looked dynamic at times, but also have struggled to find footing. Both teams have only played four games through seven weeks.
These games will all be scheduled for Dec. 19.