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Big Ten Conference standings during Week 5

We break down the Big Ten standings as teams in both the East and West Divisions chase the Championship Game in Indianapolis.

Blake Corum #2 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to run through the tackle of Beau Brade #25 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Michigan sits atop the Big Ten East rankings after making it past a tough Iowa defense today, 2-0 in conference play at 5-0 overall. Ohio State and Penn State stayed tied for first with the Wolverines, each 2-0 in the Big Ten and 5-0 overall after defeating Rutgers and Northwestern today.

To the west, it’s a five-way tie between Iowa, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, and Purdue, all of whom are 1-1 in the Big Ten after today. These standings draw into question the logic of splitting the conference into East and West — should a Northwestern team this bad really be at the top of any rankings right now? The NCAA no longer requires conferences of a certain size to create divisions, and with the additions of USC and UCLA, this current geographical breakdown may change.

We’ll begin to see these standings shift more dramatically as each team moves to their second Big Ten matchup of the year.

Big Ten football standings, Week 5

2022 Big Ten Football Standings

Big Ten East Big Ten Wins Big Ten Losses Overall Wins Overall Losses Home Road
Big Ten East Big Ten Wins Big Ten Losses Overall Wins Overall Losses Home Road
Michigan 1 0 4 0 4-0 0-0
Ohio St. 1 0 4 0 4-0 0-0
Penn St. 1 0 4 0 2-0 2-0
Indiana 1 0 3 1 3-0 0-1
Maryland 0 1 3 1 2-0 1-1
Rutgers 0 1 3 1 1-1 2-0
Michigan St. 0 1 2 2 2-1 0-1
Big Ten West Big Ten Wins Big Ten Losses Overall Wins Overall Losses Home Road
Minnesota 1 0 4 0 3-0 1-0
Iowa 1 0 3 1 2-1 1-0
Northwestern 1 0 1 3 0-3 0-0
Illinois 0 1 3 1 3-0 0-1
Purdue 0 1 2 2 2-1 0-1
Wisconsin 0 1 2 2 2-1 0-1
Nebraska 0 1 1 3 1-2 0-0