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Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski and Michigan State beat writer Matt Charboneau break down Michigan State's 27-24 victory. Matt Charboneau, Detroit News

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It was a big week near the top of the rankings and none of it was good for the Big Ten.

While Michigan State was celebrating a jump up the rankings and Iowa was rolling, none of it was positive overall for the conference as Ohio State – the Big Ten’s best shot at reaching the playoffs – got throttled by Iowa and the Spartans beat Penn State on the final play to hand the Nittany Lions their second straight loss.

That leaves Wisconsin as the only real hope for a spot on the playoffs. The Badgers remained unbeaten after taking out Indiana. And while I’ve got the Badgers in the top four, the lack of a signature win will likely keep them out of that spot by the playoff committee.

How it shakes out over the next few weeks remains to be seen, but Wisconsin simply must go unbeaten to have a shot.

Oklahoma takes a jump after winning a shootout with Oklahoma State while Miami remains unbeaten after topping Virginia Tech.

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Angelique Chengelis and John Niyo discuss Michigan's win over Minnesota. Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News

There’s plenty of big games left over the last few weeks and the conference championship games will be big, as well. But if the last couple weeks have been any indication, the shuffling is far from over and almost every top-10 team has a shot at reaching the playoffs.

Michigan State jumps to No. 14 from No. 21 on my ballot this week while Michigan, which pounded Minnesota, improves to 20th from 23rd.

MATT CHARBONEAU’S AP VOTE

1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Georgia (2)

3. Notre Dame (4)

4. Wisconsin (5)

5. Clemson (8)

6. Oklahoma (9)

7. Miami (11)

8. Washington (10)

9. TCU (13)

10. Ohio State (3)

11. Oklahoma State (6)

12. Southern Cal (14)

13. Auburn (15)

14. Michigan State (21)

15. Penn State (7)

16. Virginia Tech (12)

17. UCF (16)

18. Memphis (19)

19. Washington State (NR)

20. Michigan (23)

21. South Florida (NR)

22. LSU (17)

23. Mississippi State (24)

24. N.C. State (20)

25. Stanford (18)

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