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It's fitting that the top-heavy East Division wouldn't be settled until the final weekend.
We break down the Big Ten's top quarterbacks versus the blitz. Hint: Ohio State's two lead the pack.
The playoff picture and division races will come into focus this weekend in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten East race was flipped to Michigan State with their upset of Ohio State, which hadn't lost a Big Ten regular-season game since 2011.
A look at how all the teams in the Big Ten stack up after Week 12 of the college football season.
Shannon Brooks rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard romp into the end zone with 1:25 remaining for Minnesota to seal a 32-23 victory over Illinois on Saturday.
Brooks breaks off another TD
Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks busted loose for a 75-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game. Illinois trails 32-23 late in the fourth quarter.
Fighting Illini open with a TD
Illinois QB Wes Lunt found Andrew Davis for a 6-yard touchdown on its opening drive of the second half. It capped off a 14-play, 75-yard drive.
Golden Gophers score before half
With five seconds remaining in the second quarter, Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner found Rashad Still for a 1-yard TD. Illinois trails 21-13 at halftime.
Brooks breaks loose
Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks broke off a 38-yard run for his second touchdown of the day. Illinois trails 14-10.
Golden Gophers tie it up
Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks found the end zone on this 5-yard run. Illinois and Minnesota are tied at 7-7 after the extra point.
QB keeper for a big gain
Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner called his own number and gained 33 yards to the Illinois 40-yard line. Illinois leads 7-0 in the first quarter
Illinois starts the scoring
Fighting Illini QB Wes Lunt found Malik Turner for a 13-yard touchdown to get on the board. Minnesota trails 7-0 in the first quarter.
Watch: Illinois vs. Minnesota
Both teams struggled in the last month with the Golden Gophers dropping four-straight and Illinois losing four of five, but both are still in the hunt for bowl eligibility. Live on ESPNews/WatchESPN
The big game is in Columbus, but elsewhere a defensive battle in Happy Valley and a meeting of ranked teams in Madison merit attention.
The league is running a serious shortage of bowl-eligible (six-win) teams with two weeks left to play.
ESPN's Big Ten experts are fresh off a perfect week -- everyone was 6-0 -- but this week's lineup promises to be tougher.
After a week of predictable outcomes, next week's games could shake up the Big Ten bowl predictions -- beginning with Michigan State-Ohio State.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
All eyes on Columbus, but this Saturday is key for other B1G teams: Indiana Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State. Indiana must win out to get bowl-eligible (and save Kevin Wilson's job?). Minnesota, Illinois both hard-luck teams ravaged by injuries but can salvage something with bowl trip. Gophers must win out, while win could help Bill Cubit in quest for permanent Illinois coaching job. Penn State still searching for first signature win under James Franklin -- beating Michigan would qualify.
Michigan State and Ohio State will be battling it out for control of the Big Ten East, while Iowa tries to keep its unbeaten record intact.
ICYMI: This is not how you kick a field goal
Illinois kicker Taylor Zalewski had all kinds of trouble on this short field goal attempt.
Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers and Illinois were among the Big Ten programs with key visitors in this weekend.
Iowa inched closer to the West title, while fellow unbeaten Ohio State rolls into a two-week stretch in which it faces Michigan State and Michigan.
Illinois vs Northwestern Wildcats
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