Ohio State lands atop the Big Ten Week 14 power rankings, switching spots with Wisconsin after beating the Badgers in the Big Ten championship game.
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A rivalry shutout sends Wisconsin into Saturday's B1G title game with a 12-0 record and firmly planted in the College Football Playoff discussion.
Brian Lewerke threw for a touchdown and ran for another and No. 21 Michigan State held the ball for more than 47 minutes in defeating Rutgers 40-7 on Saturday to cap a terrific turnaround season.
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Michigan State has swept the first three games of this series against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers. The Spartans had a big rushing game last week vs. Maryland (271 yards) and will face a defense that has struggled against the run.
The title fight in Indianapolis is already set, but the No. 5 Badgers and No. 9 Buckeyes need to avoid upsets. Plus, three teams vie to go bowling.
Only Wisconsin and Ohio State remain in the conference championship picture and the College Football Playoff discussion.
Richard Lagow threw two touchdown passes Saturday, and Morgan Ellison ran for two more scores as Indiana shut out Rutgers 41-0.
Wisconsin will try to stay in control of their playoff destiny against Michigan, while Ohio State will look to make up some ground in the race.
The Badgers kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive and sewed up the West, while the East remained up for grabs.
Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns as No. 16 Penn State beat Rutgers 35-6 on Saturday.
Wisconsin is the Big Ten's only realistic hope for the College Football Playoff, and a visit from No. 20 Iowa is the Badgers' toughest test to date.
The weekend wasn't kind to Big Ten teams who have an eye on the College Football Playoff, which makes Wisconsin's consistency all the more valuable.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Chris Ash is quietly doing a solid job at Rutgers in his second season, getting the Scarlet Knights to 3-3 in Big Ten play, a year after enduring historic beatings in the conference. Rutgers still has Penn State and Michigan State, so bowl eligibility is unlikely, but Ash has things on the right track after a really tough debut.
Gus Edwards ran for 109 yards and caught a go-ahead 23-yard touchdown pass with 7:30 remaining to rally Rutgers to a 31-24 victory over Maryland on Saturday.
Wesley Snipes said it best in "Passenger 57." Need a uniform combo? Follow the lead of Iowa, Rutgers and Miami and go all black.