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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Big Ten rooting interests: Week 12

By Adam Rittenberg

It's time to check out the rooting interests around the Big Ten for Week 12. This post examines the Big Ten's contenders for certain goals -- national championship, BCS at-large berth and division titles -- and what they should root for in the upcoming weekend of games.

For BCS at-large berths, I'm considering only teams currently in the BCS standings. Nebraska and Minnesota aren't quite in the mix there.

Let's begin …

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

B1G candidate: Ohio State (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten)

The Buckeyes should root for … BCS AT-LARGE

B1G candidates: Michigan State (8-1, 5-0); Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1)

The Spartans and Badgers should root for … LEGENDS DIVISION

Candidates: Michigan State; Nebraska (7-2, 4-1); Minnesota (8-2, 4-2); Iowa (6-4, 3-3)

Michigan State and Nebraska have no outside rooting interests this week as both Minnesota and Iowa are off. The winner of Saturday's Spartans-Huskers game has control of its fate in the division.

Minnesota should root for … Iowa should root for …
LEADERS DIVISION

Candidates: Ohio State; Wisconsin; Indiana (4-5, 2-3)

Ohio State should root for …
Wisconsin should root for …
Indiana should root for …