The week ahead

No. 14 Michigan State at No. 2 Ohio State

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 5

•This was expected to be the game of the year, but Nebraska foiled those plans by beating the Spartans last week. And now, Michigan State will have to face the Buckeyes with a banged-up QB in Connor Cook.

No. 24 Northwestern at No. 23 Wisconsin

TBD Saturday

•The Wildcats and Badgers are playing for second place in the Big Ten West, and hoping first-place Iowa slips up to open a spot in the Big Ten title game. Northwestern struggled to beat Purdue, and Wisconsin had a week to rest and heal, so the Badgers should have the edge.

Saturday's other games

•Purdue at No. 8 Iowa, TBD

•No. 15 Michigan at Penn State, TBD

•Illinois at Gophers, TBD

•Indiana at Maryland, TBD

•Rutgers at Army, 11 a.m., CBSSN