A crazy final month lies ahead in the Big Ten Legends division

The Big Ten has two of the most intriguing division races in all of college football following another crazy Saturday of action.

Last week I discussed the tough road that lies ahead for Penn State as it attempts to hold off Wisconsin and Ohio State for the Leaders division title. But how about the craziness taking place in the Legends division?

Entering this weekend there was a three-way tie atop the standings, but two of the first-place squads fell on Saturday, as Michigan lost on the road at Iowa and Nebraska dropped a shocker at home to Northwestern. Meanwhile, Michigan State struggled to put away suddenly revived Minnesota at home one week after its awful display in Lincoln against the Cornhuskers. While Mark Dantonio's team sits alone in first place, it may not be for long.

The Spartans have to travel to Iowa and Northwestern -- contests that look daunting after the performances of the Hawkeyes and Wildcats this weekend. And we all know about MSU's road woes. However, the Spartans are certainly capable of beating any team when it plays its best game, as evidenced by wins over Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in consecutive contests.

But keep an eye on Iowa, which hosts Michigan State next week before finishing with road tilts at Purdue and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes control their own destiny in the division, and they can run the table if the defense continues to make strides each week.

Here's a look at the Big Ten Legends division standings:

Michigan State: 7-2, 4-1
Michigan: 7-2, 3-2
Nebraska: 7-2, 3-2
Iowa: 6-3, 3-2
Northwestern: 4-5, 2-4
Minnesota: 2-7, 1-4

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