Defense is Michigan's strength this season, but don't sleep on Penn State's defense, either, as the Nittany Lions lead the nation in scoring D.
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Michigan State junior L.J. Scott was arrested Wednesday for driving with a suspended license, according to court records.
Spartans defense trending up
Michigan State struggled on defense last season, but appears to have righted the ship in 2017. The Spartans defense currently ranks ninth in the FBS in overall efficiency.
No one has really threatened 200 rushing yards against a young unit that was supposed to be a liability. Keep that up, and the Spartans will continue ascending in the Big Ten.
Take a look back on the best performances of Week 7 in the Big Ten and look ahead to Week 8.
The Big Ten has three teams ranked in the top six of the AP Top 25 and five included in the top 20. If that isn't enough, it has the best rivalry game, the best collection of coaches and the game's most electrifying player.
Ohio State and Wisconsin played to their strengths in wins over Big Ten foes and in the process strengthened their postseason outlook.
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Given its loss to Arizona State last night and a relatively weak schedule, Washington tumbled to 21st in Strength of Record, which measures accomplishment. Clemson dropped to sixth after its loss to Syracuse, allowing Georgia to take over the No. 1 spot in these rankings.
L.J. Scott returned from an injury to rush for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns, helping 21st-ranked Michigan State hang on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota on a soggy Saturday night after kickoff was delayed 34 minutes by lightning strikes.
Can Spartans keep their momentum?
ESPN's FPI projects the Michigan State-Minnesota game nearly even with the slight edge to Sparty. Minnesota is seeking its first win against the Spartans since 2009 and its first win against an AP-ranked Michigan State team since 1962.
Mark Dantonio has a winning record against Jim Harbaugh, and he also has a knack for winning the close ones, rivalry or not.
Michigan and Michigan State hit the road after their rivalry clash, and Wisconsin will try to extend its streak over Purdue in Week 7.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio talks to Kirk Herbstreit & Ian Fitzsimmons about pushing his team to overachieve, using games after big games as measuring sticks, the continuity in the Spartan program & more.
ESPN CFB analyst Kirk Herbstreit recaps the Michigan State vs. Michigan game over the weekend, discusses what the future for Jim Harbaugh might be, talks Washington Huskies and more.
Take a look back on the best performances of Week 6 in the Big Ten and look ahead to Week 7.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says "it's your right" to question play calls in loss to Michigan State, but it's "an easy thing to do."
Cougars top Week 6 game scores
Four teams that engineered big road wins topped the charts this week, with Washington State edging out Michigan State for the No. 1 spot. Miami and Iowa State rounded out the group.
The Spartans took advantage of five turnovers by the No. 7 Wolverines and reigned in the Michigan rain.
Michigan State made a big jump this week, while Ohio State has regained some of its lost momentum.