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Rivalry Week's most important players
More impressive than their upset of the Buckeyes is that the Spartans did it without QB Connor Cook. The defense allowed only 14 points, and the best pass rusher on that defense all season long has been Shilique Calhoun. Who are the others? (Insider)
Iowa tries to complete its regular season undefeated while two games in the East Division will decide the Hawkeyes' opponent in Indianapolis.
What's at stake for MSU on Saturday
With a win over Penn State, Michigan State can clinch the Big Ten's East Division and earn a spot in the Big Ten championship against Iowa. Should the Spartans knock off the undefeated Hawkeyes, it would be nearly impossible to justify their exclusion from the playoffs. GameDay Kickoff: Rivalry Week
Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott will likely be named the Big Ten's top offensive player despite seeing his streak of 100-yard rushing games end at 15.
Here's where the CFP stands
Clemson and Alabama are 1 and 2, again. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.
Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it'll be their last game of the year.
With four teams in the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings, there are plenty of things to watch down the stretch in the Big Ten.
With just one week left in the regular season, there's still a lot that can change in the Big Ten bowl picture. Here are projections as things stand.
While the Iowa Hawkeyes are the Big Ten's top team for the moment, both Michigan State and Ohio State still have shots at the CFP.
CFP rankings: 1-6
- 1. Clemson
- 2. Alabama
- 3. Oklahoma
- 4. Iowa
- 5. Michigan State
- 6. Notre Dame
Who gets the last two spots?
Oklahoma and Iowa grabbed playoff spots this week, but Michigan State and Notre Dame are right on their heels. The Sooners have the strongest resume of the four teams. But are the Hawkeyes' two wins against FPI top 40 schools enough to hold off the Spartans?
CFP rankings: Who's in?
There's a shakeup at the top of the latest playoff rankings, as Iowa and Oklahoma join the playoff picture alongside Clemson and Alabama. But with another weekend of football ahead, will either No. 5 Michigan State or No. 6 Notre Dame muscle its way in?
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Iowa is 4th and Michigan State is 5th. Pretty much interchangeable, as both teams need to win out (and beat one of the other). A Notre Dame loss to Stanford would still be extremely helpful for the Big Ten, as the Irish are 6th.
Oklahoma and Iowa came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in the latest College Football Playoff rankings behind stalwarts Clemson and Alabama. Notre Dame dropped to No. 6 despite a win.
Michigan State vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Spartan Stadium (MI) - Sat 11/28