The 24th-ranked Wolverines raised their 2014 Big Ten championship banner before the game, celebrating another season of accomplishment before beating Division II Hillsdale.
Jeremy Langford ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State received a strong performance from its defense in a 37-15 victory Saturday night.
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.
At Mississippi State, this week is an opportunity to prove to the college football world their bubble is not easy to pop. Mississippi State has won at LSU. They have handled defending SEC champion Auburn. They are ranked number one in the country, yet they still have something to prove.
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Hatch stepped to the free throw line late in the game as the crowd quietly awaited his attempts. He missed the first, to a collective groan. But sent the second one down with ease, bringing the U-M faithful to their feet for a thunderous applause.
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.
Barring a November collapse, the winner emerges as the likely division winner for a berth in the league championship game in Indianapolis in December.