At left, in a Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio watches his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, in Tempe, Ariz. At right, in an Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is shown during an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, in Ann Arbor, Mich. No. 6 Michigan plays at No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WILX) -- If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance.

Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges.

This week, it's Michigan State that stands in the way, and although Ohio State routed the Spartans 48-3 a season ago, there have been enough tight games in this series lately that Saturday's matchup should have the eighth-ranked Buckeyes' attention.

The 24th-ranked Spartans will be at home, and they still have a lot to play for themselves

Michigan is on the cusp of reaching the heights expected when it hired Jim Harbaugh.

It took four seasons and a handful of crushing defeats to get here but the fourth-ranked Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) are poised to win their first conference title since 2004.

Stay out of the loss column, and the Wolverines could play for their first national title since 1997.