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Here's what's left for leaders in Leaders Division

Associated Press Published: October 17, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: So everybody knows that Ohio State and Penn State, despite facing NCAA probation and a bowl ban, can still win the Big Ten's Leaders Division, right?

They're in a virtual dead heat right now, with the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) holding a narrow lead over the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0).

Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1) is next. Purdue (3-3, 0-2) is the only other team without three league losses.

Here's what each team has left this season:

Ohio State: Purdue on Saturday at noon, Oct. 27 at Penn State, Nov. 3 Illinois, bye week, Nov. 17 at Wisconsin, Nov. 24 Michigan.

Penn State: at Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 27 Ohio State, Nov. 3 at Purdue, Nov. 10 at Nebraska, Nov. 17 Indiana and Nov. 24 Wisconsin.

Wisconsin: Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 27 Michigan State, bye week, Nov. 10 at Indiana, Nov. 17 Ohio State, Nov. 24 at Penn State.

Purdue: at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Minnesota, Nov. 3 Penn State, Nov. 10 at Iowa, Nov. 17 at Illinois, Nov. 24 Indiana.

It's still too early to pick a favorite, or even to determine which has the easiest schedule.

But at least there's a glimpse of what's ahead for the teams battling it out in the division.

WHO SAID IT: Guess who said the following: "The last two weeks we have not played very well defensively, and the numbers speak for themselves."

You guessed Urban Meyer? Wrong. Luke Fickell? Nope. The answer is Purdue head coach Danny Hope.

His team has surrendered 82 points the last two weeks in losses to Michigan (44-13) and Wisconsin (38-14), both at home.

Now, both Meyer and Fickell have said something similar. Ohio State's defense has given up 87 points the last two weeks in wins over Nebraska (63-38) and Indiana (52-49).

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