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EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Mike Sadler #3 and Lawrence Thomas #8 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a win over the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

1 Game Likely To Decide B10 East; West Is A Mess

Two things are apparent in the Big Ten as November approaches.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25:  University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 25, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Stake & Stakes: Michigan Tries To Hold It Together

Michigan (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) enters the stretch on Saturday with a homecoming game against Indiana and needing to win three of four to become bowl-eligible.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25:  University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 25, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoke, Players Say Stake Incident Overblown, Not Meant Disrespectfully

While lineman Jack Miller said the Wolverines meant no disrespect to the Spartans, he was not surprised they were offended at the gesture.

CBS Detroit–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Mike Sadler #3 and Lawrence Thomas #8 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a win over the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan State Not Easing Up On Michigan

The Wolverines did score a touchdown this time — the first time they’d managed that against the Spartans since 2011 — but it came late in the fourth quarter.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantinio and Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke shake hands after the game at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverine 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoke Apologizes For Stake Planted In Spartan Field During Pre-Game [VIDEO]

It didn’t take long for Michigan coach Brady Hoke to issue an apology, taking full responsibility for the action because the stake was used during practice as a motivational tool.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after turning the ball over in the third quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan Mess: Wolverines Mauled Again By Spartans

It used to be news when Michigan State beat Michigan, when little brother rose up and knocked the mighty Wolverines down a peg. Now it’s routine and the Paul Bunyan Trophy has taken up almost permanent residence in East Lansing.

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: RJ Williamson #26 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after intercepting a pass from Devin Gardner (not in photo) of the Michigan Wolverines  and running 29 yards for the touchdown during the third quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Spartans Handle Michigan Again, 35-11

The Spartans have won six of their past seven games against the Wolverines, only the second time Michigan State has accomplished that in a series that dates to 1898.

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04: Tony Lippett #14 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates his third quarter touchdown with Connor Kruse #54 and Brian Allen #65 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Spartan Stadium on October 4, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Big Ten Power Rankings [BLOG]

Have you seen the line for this week’s Michigan-Michigan State game?

97.1 The Ticket–10/22/2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 18: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hits Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Get Ready To Debate One-Loss Playoff Contenders

Which one-loss team has the edge? So many pivotal games are still to come, and the temperature of the playoff change can be flipped and turned upside down any given week.

10/21/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass against the Michigan State Spartans during the second quarter at Spartan Stadium on November 2, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan Faces Huge Task As Spartans Game Arrives

If all goes well, the Wolverines could walk out of Spartan Stadium having ruined Michigan State’s national-title hopes, but they insist that’s not their focus.

97.1 The Ticket–10/20/2014

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