All year long, fans have pointed to Nov. 21's meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State as a top-10 clash with implications ranging from the Big Ten to the nation.
Thanks to Michigan State's 24-7 victory over Maryland, that will indeed be the case when it heads to Columbus, Ohio come Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans rose from No. 14 to No. 9 in both the Associated Press Poll and the AMWAY Coaches' Poll after dispatching of the Terrapins.
Their 1,008 points in the AP Poll places them 47points behind eighth-ranked Florida while their 1,020 points in the coaches' poll has them sandwiched between Florida and Baylor - just like in the AP Poll.
Ohio State (No. 2), Iowa (No. 6), Michigan (No. 14), Northwestern (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 21) are the other five Big Ten teams ranked in the AP Poll.
The coaches' poll has all six teams ranked but has the Wolverines at No. 13, the Badgers at No. 20 and the Wildcats at No. 21.