The Iowa vs. Michigan State game didn’t go as planned. Now the Big Ten Conference is wide open and the 2010 BCS standings are shaken again. Iowa was going to be a tough team to play on the road, and everyone knew that coming into the weekend. Everyone except the Michigan State Spartans, who had quite a bit of confidence with their first place standing in the Big Ten Conference. The game is heading to the fourth quarter now, but Iowa fans already realize that they have just taken out Michigan State.
Iowa moved out to a 17-0 first quarter lead, a 30-0 halftime lead, and then tacked on an early touchdown in the third quarter to really put things out of reach. Michigan State had moved to 8-0 (4-0 Big Ten), and they were all alone at the top of the Big Ten Conference. All the Spartans had to do was win out their regular season schedule and they would be in an automatic BCS bowl. Everything came apart on Saturday though.
Now the Big Ten Conference has four teams tied with one conference loss at the top, consisting of Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Every game for each team becomes important for the rest of the 2010 regular season, and in the next three weeks any one of these teams could walk away with the 2010 Big Ten Championship. Unfortunately for the Big Ten though, they won’t be mentioned in the discussion for the national championship now unless all the other undefeated teams fall on Saturday or later in the season.