Approaching a first conference championship in 108 years lends itself to reflection. Big 12-leading Iowa State knows all about that, even though the No. 9 Cyclones have only clinched a share of the conference regular-season title as they yearn to cement their spot in the league championship game. Iowa State sits atop the conference standings at 7-2 overall, 7-1 in the Big 12.
No. 12 Indiana is moving forward with a new quarterback but the same mindset heading into Saturday's Big Ten Conference showdown at No. 16 Wisconsin. The announcement that starting Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was done for the year with a torn ACL on Monday was tough for players and coaches to accept, but the Hoosiers (5-1) are prepared to rally around his replacement, sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle. "Setbacks and adversity is part of this life," Indiana coach Tom Allen said.
No. 2 Notre Dame will look to remain unbeaten when it hosts Syracuse on Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish already have clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by virtue of a scheduling change this week. Notre Dame (9-0, 8-0 ACC) likely will face No. 3 Clemson (8-1, 7-1) in the Dec. 19 game.