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Big Ten title to be decided next Saturday

Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all won on Saturday, keeping the three-way logjam at the top of the Big Ten standings intact heading into the final weekend of games.

The three teams are all 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten.

No. 7 Wisconsin got out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 48-28 win over Michigan at the Big House. With starting running back John Clay out, backups James White and Montee Ball more than made up for Clay's absence. White rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and Ball rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.

Wisconsin hosts Northwestern next Saturday.

On a side note, Michigan's Denard Robinson set the major-college record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback. He also became the first player to throw for 1,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in a season. Robinson has 2,229 passing yards and 1,538 rushing yards this season.

No. 9 Ohio State rallied from a 17-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 20 Iowa 20-17 in Iowa City. The key play was a 4th-and-10 play with 4:02 remaining and Ohio State trailing 17-13. Terrelle Pryor scrambled for 14 yards to keep the drive alive and set up an eventual touchdown by Dan Herron. Pryor's key run came a play after a wide open DeVier Posey dropped a Pryor pass in the end zone.

Ohio State hosts Michigan next Saturday.

No. 12 Michigan State trailed 28-13 in the fourth quarter against Purdue before mounting a huge comeback. Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and completed a 2-point conversion pass -- all in the fourth quarter -- as the Spartans rallied for a 35-31 win.

Michigan State travels to Happy Valley to play Penn State next Saturday.

We explained all of the Big Ten title scenarios earlier this week.

To recap:

-- If all three teams win next Saturday, Wisconsin would get the automatic BCS bid due to having the higher BCS ranking.

-- If Wisconsin and Ohio State win, the Badgers get the automatic bid since they beat the Buckeyes.

-- If Wisconsin and Michigan State win, the Spartans get the automatic bid since they beat the Badgers.

-- If Ohio State and Michigan State win, the Buckeyes would get the automatic bid based on the higher BCS ranking. The teams did not play this season.


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