Five things we learned on the first Saturday in November:

 1—The Big Ten’s bad day could turn out to be a good day for the SEC: The Big Ten took a couple of serious body shots on Saturday as Ohio State (7-2) got taken to the woodshed by Iowa (55-24) and Penn State (7-2) got beat at the buzzer by Michigan State (27-24). So Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) actually controls its Fate in the Big Ten East with a trip to Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) coming up on Saturday.

Bottom line: The Big Ten East champ will have two losses and will be favored to beat  Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0), which can clinch the Big Ten West with a win at home against Iowa, in the Big Ten championship game.

That strengthens the SEC’s argument that if No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama are both 12-0 if they meet in the conference championship game, the loser of that game, if close, also deserves to get into the college football playoffs.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.