• Beyond the division races, how about the Big Ten Coach of the Year battle? Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh have raised the bar for the whole conference, but even stronger cases could be made for Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst or Penn State’s James Franklin. The votes are due Sunday, but for now, Chryst has this voter’s nod. He has masterfully juggled two quarterbacks through a murderous schedule, and the Badgers have come to play every single week.

• The 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, include several deserving names. Chryst clearly made a great decision when he hired new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, and the same goes for Franklin with Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. Another new hire, Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen, helped Kevin Wilson revamp a long-woeful Hoosiers defense.

• The Big Ten East remains top-heavy with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, but when it comes to East-West interdivision games, the West actually leads 11-9. Last year, the West was 7-7, before the Big Ten added an extra interdivision game for each team. Michigan State killed the East with losses to Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois. There is one more to go — Purdue at Indiana, the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.