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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

An exciting day in the Big Ten is complete, and the league owes Wisconsin a huge debt of gratitude.

The 10th-ranked Badgers saved what was looking like a disastrous day for the conference by edging Fresno State, 13-10, on the road. Wisconsin overcome a scrappy Bulldogs team, some horrendous officiating on a reversed fumble call and the loss of quarterback Allan Evridge to leg cramps in the fourth quarter. The Badgers showed they're a legitimate top 10 team and a viable candidate to win the Big Ten.

Michigan State RB Javon Ringer -- Ringer followed a five-touchdown performance with a Herculean effort in the rain against Florida Atlantic. The senior set career highs in carries (43) and rushing yards (282) and accounted for the only two touchdowns in Michigan State's 17-0 victory. He has nine rushing touchdowns this season.

Wisconsin LB DeAndre Levy -- The senior linebacker was everywhere Saturday night, recording an interception that set up Wisconsin's only touchdown. He also had a sack that forced Fresno State to punt with 2:30 left and should have been credited with a third-quarter fumble recovery.

Iowa secondary -- The Hawkeyes' defense has been fabulous so far, especially in the back half. Safeties Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood and cornerback Amari Spievey combined for three interceptions, two pass breakups and 27 tackles in Saturday's 17-5 win against Iowa State.

Penn State WRs Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood -- The Nittany Lions' tandem combined for 12 receptions, 223 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of Syracuse. Norwood and Butler became the first Penn State tandem to eclipse 100 receiving yards in the same game since 2003.