SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- If not for an ill-advised halfback pass, Michigan State just might be playing for a BCS title a month from now.
If last week brought a Challenge, a true test in the form of annual match ups with the ACC, then this week brings the non-conference season's final exams.
There's no longer a Big Ten team on the top of the college basketball rankings, but two different teams from the conference are very, very close.
After a magical 12-1 season for the Michigan State Spartans, it's time to stop and smell the roses.
Big Ten, big stage.