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Football climbs CFP poll to No. 12, faces No. 13 Ohio State Saturday

November 7, 2017
Junior running back LJ Scott (3) carries the football during the game against Penn State, on Nov. 4, 2017, at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 27-24.
Junior running back LJ Scott (3) carries the football during the game against Penn State, on Nov. 4, 2017, at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions, 27-24. —
Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

After a thrilling, upset win over then-No. 7 Penn State, MSU has jumped both the Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff ranking.

The Spartans come in at No. 12 in the latest poll, joined by No. 13 Ohio State and No. 14 Penn State, the Big Ten East foes all bunched up together.

A pair of conference foes — No. 20 Iowa and No. 25 Northwestern — also made their debuts in the poll. The Spartans have played both teams, defeating the Hawkeyes, but falling to the Wildcats. MSU is 2-2 against ranked teams in the CFP poll.

The Big Ten has six total teams in the CFP poll, led by No. 8 Wisconsin. The Badgers are still undefeated on the year with a 9-0 record.

MSU faces the Buckeyes Saturday for sole rights atop the Big Ten East division. That game will be played at Ohio Stadium for a noon kickoff.

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