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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)

The Hater's Guide to Rivalry Week (2:21)

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

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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.

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Big Ten playoff tracker: Nov. 25

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.

Greeny: How is Oklahoma ahead of Michigan State? (1:36)

CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Notre Dame

Oklahoma vaults into CFB Playoff top four (1:05)
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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?

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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?

Week 4 CFP rankings: 1-6 (2:16)

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.

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Oklahoma, Iowa make jump into CFP top four

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.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.150th
Rushing Yards157.088th
Points For31.0Tied-53rd
Points Against21.5Tied-32nd

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