In the Big Ten East Division, Michigan sits atop the standings with a 3-0 record in the Big Ten and a 6-0 record for the year so far.
Ohio State, who has played one less game than Michigan, is also undefeated and is holding steady at second place with a 2-0 conference record and a 5-0 overall record.
Much to Penn State’s pride, Penn State is currently third in the East Division rankings as we are 2-1 in the Big Ten after two wins against Minnesota and Maryland and one lost to Michigan, and overall we are 4-2.
Maryland and Indiana are both 1-1 in the Big Ten, and for the first time in years, Michigan State has started their season with a losing conference and overall record. In the Big Ten, Michigan State is 0-2 after losing 30-6 to Wisconsin and then an overtime loss to Indiana, 24-21. Michigan State plays Northwestern this weekend, and it will be interesting to see if the Spartans can pull it together and salvage their season.
Finally, in the Big East, Rutgers is the low man on the totem pole, sitting at 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Last weekend, Rutgers saw one of its biggest loses ever in the history of its programs, falling 78-0 against Michigan.
The Big Ten West sees Nebraska at the top of the standings, 2-0 in the conference and 5-0 overall.
Iowa is close behind, 2-1 in the conference and 4-2 overall.
Wisconsin, Purdue, and Northwestern are all stuck at 1-1 for the conference with Minnesota and Illinois sitting at the bottom, both 0-2 for the conference, with Illinois struggling at 1-4 for the season so far.
The remainder of Penn State’s schedule is all Big Ten opponents, meaning that the Nittany Lions have their work cut out for them.
The most challenging games are sure to be next weekend against Ohio State, November 5th against Iowa, and despite dealing Indiana a significant loss at last year’s homecoming, the November 12th game against the Hoosiers could turn out to be an exciting one.
Rest up, Nittany Lion fans, we will need you in full strength against Ohio State for the 8 p.m. kickoff at Beaver Stadium in two weeks!