With two weeks left in the regular season, the Big Ten Championship Game matchup is far from finalized. However, Penn State and Wisconsin have the inside tracks to win the East and West divisions, respectively, according to ESPN.
But even between the two teams there is clear separation.
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Wisconsin, with a 5-2 record in conference play and a win over Nebraska, is an overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten West Division with 94-percent odds. The Huskers, also 5-2 in the Big Ten but a 23-17 loser at Wisconsin back on Oct. 29, has a 6-percent chance of reaching the championship game.
The Nittany Lions, understandably, have a much more tenuous grip on the East Division. Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State each have a 6-1 record in the Big Ten and while the Nittany Lions’ 24-21 win over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22 gives them the advantage to make the championship game, it is just 3 percent better than the chances of the Wolverines (46 percent to 43 percent). The Buckeyes have an 11-percent shot at winning the division.
Ohio State and Michigan play on Nov. 26, meaning one of them is guaranteed to lose for a second time in conference play.