There are still scenarios in which Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State could all make it to the Big Ten Championship to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The paths are simple.
For Michigan State, it's win and you're in.
For Michigan and Ohio State, they're both hoping for a Penn State upset over the Spartans, which would mean that the winner of their game will move on to face Iowa.
Thanks to this, the Penn State Nittany Lions have the chance to be a #ChaosTeam in the final week of the regular season. They had plenty of opportunities to take control of the game, and potentially even win, against both Ohio State and Michigan, but couldn't capitalize. Will that same team show up in East Lansing on Saturday? Or will this team finally be prepared to show some semblance of an ability to finish drives? Should Penn State fans even want to win on Saturday?
On the surface, duh. Of course you want a win in the seniors' final regular season game. But do you want one of Michigan or Ohio State moving up to take on Iowa over Michigan State?
Then, there are playoff implications to consider. If Penn State beats Sparty, and Michigan beats Ohio State, barring extreme chaos elsewhere in the country, it's pretty likely that the Big Ten would be left out of the playoff. There are simply too many other deserving teams to get in over a slew of two-loss B1G East teams, and a one-loss Iowa. At this point, Iowa and Michigan State are the only logical options for the Big Ten in the playoff, so those two duking it out for the Big Ten title would essentially be a play-in game. It's possible that a one-loss Ohio State team could get in, as well, but that would likely require some medium-to-high chaos.
So what do you think? How important do you think it is for the Big Ten to have a playoff team? Which team from the Big Ten East do you want going up against Iowa in Indianapolis, and why?