Last week’s 49-37 defeat essentially dropped the Spartans (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) out of the college playoff picture, now it’s up to coach Mark Dantonio to make sure one loss doesn’t lead to another.
This week, Melvin Gordon leads the Wisconsin running game against another Heisman candidate and his ground game, Nebraska and Ameer Abdullah. The running back showcase should double as this week’s Heisman Trophy Spotlight Game.
If Minnesota wins the Big Ten’s West Division, the Golden Gophers will have done it the hard way.
It had been a while since Mark Dantonio and Pat Narduzzi had to answer for a loss like this.
Michigan State trailed by one touchdown at halftime, but Ohio State led, 42-24, by the start of the fourth quarter.
De’Veon Smith ran for a career-high 121 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan beat Northwestern after the Wildcats’ Trevor Siemian slipped attempting a two-point conversion at the end of the game.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under coach Urban Meyer.
The Wolverines (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) must win two of their final three games to stay in the running, and with a trip to Ohio State still looming, they can’t afford a letdown.
As college football’s regular season heads into its stretch run, plenty of intriguing plotlines are developing each week.
Barring a November collapse, the winner emerges as the likely division winner for a berth in the league championship game in Indianapolis in December.