Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio told reporters that the No. 8 Spartans are not overlooking Michigan, despite being favored by two touchdowns. "We have to keep our edge regardless of who we play. If we can't do that, then we've not succeeded," he said.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | The question would have seemed ludicrous seven years ago when Mark Dantonio was in his first season as Michigan State's coach.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, right, hugs wide receiver Stefon Diggs after he scored a touchdown against Iowa last Saturday. Big Ten newcomer Maryland won 38-31 and finds itself near the top of the conference's East Division standings.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner hands off the ball to running back David Cobb during the second half of Saturday's game against Purdue. Picked to finish fifth, the Golden Gophers find themselves 3-0 in the Big Ten after a 39-38 win over the Boilermakers.
Minnesota is 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1990. Big Ten newcomer Maryland has won two of three conference games and is within striking distance of Michigan State and Ohio State in the East.
Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas, left, chases down Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson in the first half Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws in the first half against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs with the ball against Northwestern safety Traveon Henry during the first half Saturday in Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. | Ameer Abdullah had four 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. scored on a 16-yard reception, leading No. 19 Nebraska to a 38-17 victory at Northwestern on Saturday night.
Michigan State tight end Josiah Price hauls in a pass against Indiana in the first half Saturday in Bloomington.
Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont throws down field during the first half against Michigan State on Saturday in Bloomington.
BLOOMINGTON | Indiana coach Kevin Wilson knew Michigan State's defense would pose a real problem for his new quarterback.
MINNEAPOLIS | Purdue has made great strides in turning around its football program. But the Boilermakers were given a painful reminder on Saturday that there's still room for them to improve.
Purdue linebacker Gelen Robinson, left, a Lake Central graduate, and defensive tackle Ra'Zahn Howard bring down Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) during the first quarter Saturday in Minneapolis.
VALPARAISO | Odds were stacked against Valparaiso late in Saturday's Pioneer Football League game against Drake.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | No one around the Florida State football team wants to call today's game against No. 5 Notre Dame a must-win. Reality could tell a different story.
CHAMPAIGN | Late in Illinois' win over Texas State last month, Illini receiver Mike Dudek went airborne above a defensive back, pulling in the go-ahead touchdown high over the desperate defender's flailing hands.
In a season in which doubts about where the next win will come from and whether coach Tim Beckman will keep his job dominate the discussion, Illinois can say this: In Mike Dudek, pictured, and Geronimo Allison they have a pair of receivers that no Big Ten team can quite match.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with the media on Monday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State will whittle the field of unbeatens in major college football when they meet Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida.
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