Good news for Ohio State and Penn State fans!
Hope glimmers, as the B1G
Leaders Eastern Division Title may not be as clear as we once thought. A revelation that surprised and stunned most B1G followers was unleashed today. It turns out the two B1G schools currently under sanctions are eligible for the Division Title Championship.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports. “The Big Ten confirmed to me Tuesday that both Penn State and Ohio State can be named official Leaders division champions this season — and, in Penn State’s case, during the next three seasons — despite the postseason ban. The teams even would earn a trophy from the league for winning the division. The division representative in the Big Ten title game would not have the ‘champion’ label if it finishes second or third in the standings.”
Most pundits believed Wisconsin was the clear favorite to win the
Leaders Rust Belt Division Title this year. While a dark horse candidate such as Purdue or Illinois could also make a run for the Title, it now appears the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions could be bringing home the division hardware.
Should Penn State or Ohio State win the Division Title they would not be eligible for the B1G Championship Game. In that scenario, the highest placing Division member would represent the
Leaders Great Lakes Division in the Championship Game on December 1st in Lucas Oil Stadium.