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Northwestern Vs. Penn State: No Surprises In Early Games As Conference Begins To Polarize

With the early games in the Big Ten conference about to come to an end, there are no big surprises so far, as the top teams in the conference continue to rise and the worst teams continue to fall. Wisconsin and Michigan State, who stand near the top of the Big Ten conference standings, are finishing up wins over Purdue and Minnesota, respectively, with Montee Ball piling up 127 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Wisconsin and Edwin Baker with 179 yards rushing and four TDs for the Spartans. A third ranked team, Iowa, just came from behind against Indiana and currently has a five-point lead with the game about to end. Michigan, meanwhile, finds itself on the losing end of a shootout yet again after losing a high-scoring game to Penn State last week – the Wolverines are down 45-38 to Illinois with about nine minutes left. (Roy Roundtree has 229 yards receiving for Michigan.)

Michigan State would move to 5-1 in the conference with a win, with Wisconsin, Iowa and the idle Ohio State at 4-1 and Illinois at 4-2 if the results so far hold. Northwestern and Penn State are both at 2-2.

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