All England Club says Wimbledon will introduce fifth-set tiebreakers starting next year

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All England Club says Wimbledon will introduce fifth-set tiebreakers starting next year.

Kim leads LPGA Shanghai by 1 stroke after 2 rounds

SHANGHAI (AP) — Sei Young Kim led the LPGA Shanghai by one stroke at the halfway point after shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Friday.

Kim made six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole, to move to a 10-under 134 total. Her only setback was a bogey on the par-4 15th.

Danielle Kang (68) and overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were one shot back.

Brittany Altomare had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66, and was tied for fourth with Bronte Law (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).

Angel Lin eagled the par-5 17th and finished with the day’s lowest score of 65, which also included six birdies and a lone bogey.

Keino denies wrongdoing, tells AP he didn’t control money

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kip Keino denied wrongdoing in the Kenyan Olympic corruption scandal in an interview with The Associated Press and didn’t appear in court as expected Friday, with prosecutors given more time to investigate if he was involved in the misuse of more than $545,000.

Keino was one of seven Kenyan Olympic and government officials initially accused by prosecutors of corruption and abuse of office relating to money for Kenya’s team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But he is the only one yet to be charged.

Three former sports ministry officials, including former minister of sport Hassan Wario, were charged with corruption and abuse of office Friday. They denied the charges and were released on $10,000 cash bail each.

The three others were charged Monday.

Keino’s appearance was delayed, lending weight to speculation that the two-time Olympic champion and honorary IOC member will be a witness in the case and not a defendant.

In the interview with the AP earlier, Keino denied wrongdoing, saying he didn’t have control over any of the more than half a million dollars of government money prosecutors say was embezzled and misappropriated. He appeared to blame the former officials in the government’s sports ministry.

“I was not writing any government checks,” Keino said in the phone interview. “It’s their people who did it. That’s what I know.”

Asked if had any involvement in the misuse of the money, he replied “it had to do with what those who were in charge.”

Keino’s lawyer, Cecil Miller, explained his client’s absence in court Friday, saying police and prosecutors needed to review a statement given by Keino that shows he wasn’t responsible for signing any documents that controlled the money.

Prosecutors released documents last weekend saying Keino and the six others should be charged over the embezzlement of more than $200,000 and misuse of more than $300,000 of Kenya’s Olympic money.

Prosecutors say more than $150,000 of the misused money went on unused air tickets to Rio, nearly $150,000 was used in overpaid allowances, and tens of thousands of dollars were spent on “unauthorized persons” — people who were not Olympic officials or athletes.

No. 2 Buckeyes still seeking improvement on trip to Purdue

Jeff Brohm sees all sorts of challenges in No. 2 Ohio State.

Purdue’s coach knows the Buckeyes are big and strong, capable of scoring dozens of points and of making life miserable for opponents.

Urban Meyer views his team quite differently. No, he won’t quibble with the impressive wins or the undefeated record but he knows Ohio State still needs to improve.

“We can play much better,” Meyer said. “As I made a comment to you many times, you enhance your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Every team has weaknesses, and there are some things we have to work on.”

It’s a scary thought.

The Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) are No. 2 nationally in total offense, No. 6 in scoring offense, No. 25 in scoring defense, tied for No. 13 in turnover margin and share the East Division lead with No. 6 Michigan. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. leads the nation with 28 touchdown passes.

And yet, around Columbus, Ohio, all the talk seems to be focused on a ground game that has not yet met the traditional standard. Brohm knows just how flawed such an assessment truly is.

“The thing that really impressed me the most about them is they have had a couple games that have been a little bit close and these guys just know how to win,” Brohm said. “They know how to find a way to win. They have a lot of history and tradition and it’s going to be a very tough matchup.”

The timing couldn’t be better for the Boilermakers (3-3, 2-1).

They’ve been building momentum since starting 0-3 and now find themselves back in the West Division title chase. Quarterback David Blough has played the finest football of his career since replacing the injured Elijah Sindelar, and the defense has started coming around, too.

It’s enough to gin up excitement in the fan base, prompt network executives to put Purdue in a rare nationally televised night-time slot and, yes, draw the attention of a two-time national champion coach.

“It’s a big road game, a team that is very good on film, obviously, and scoring a lot of points,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to get some guys healthy and get ready to go.”

WORK IN PROGRESS

Ohio State’s defense is banged up and surrendering some big plays, suggesting there is a weak link. Meyer is not overreacting to the chatter about any problems.

“We held (Minnesota) without scoring for the better part of three quarters, and had three turnovers and three sacks,” he said. “I see what you see, as well. We expect them to be snuffed out. But this will be a big challenge this week. That’s what we do all day (during the week) is just constant evaluation.”

Defensive end Jonathan Cooper and starting linebacker Malik Harrison are both expected to return this weekend after going into the concussion protocol following the Indiana game earlier this month. Starting defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable with an undisclosed injury and cornerback Damon Arnette is listed as questionable after getting hurt against Penn State.

WINNING AGAIN

The Boilermakers have won three straight for the second straight year under Brohm, marking the first time Purdue has achieved that feat since the late Joe Tiller won eight in a row — the last three of the 2006 season and the first five in 2007. Purdue’s streak includes its only upset of a ranked opponent in its last 20 games and back-to-back road wins, at Nebraska and Illinois. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will be the highest ranked foe to visit Ross-Ade Stadium since then No. 2 Penn State won 31-25 against the Drew Brees-led Boilermakers on Oct. 23, 1999.

LIFE WITHOUT BOSA

The glimmer of hope that Nick Bosa would return from injury this season was snuffed out when the All-American defensive end announced this week he’s leaving school to prepare for the NFL draft. Bosa hasn’t played in more than a month, since tearing a lower abdominal muscle.

“We’ve been without him for so long, we’ve adapted to it, we’re used to it, we’ve adjusted,” defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said. “We wish he were here just to have him around to hang out, but that’s how it goes. He decided to leave. That’s real life.”

Surging No. 19 Iowa returns home to host talented Maryland

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is back in the Top 25 behind a rejuvenated offense and a resilient defense.

The 19th-ranked Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) hope to keep things rolling on Saturday in their only home game in a stretch of 42 days when they host Maryland (4-2, 2-1) for just the second time ever. The Hawkeyes are coming off back-to-back dominant road wins over Minnesota and Indiana — scoring 90 points with 10 touchdown passes in those outings — and are starting to look like the favorite in the Big Ten West.

The Iowa defense is ranked second in the Big Ten in points allowed per game (16.5) despite a number of injuries over the past few weeks.

“Hopefully that will help our players gain some confidence,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I think also one thing they saw, when we execute and really focus we have a chance to have a good football team.”

Maryland has played surprisingly well under interim coach Matt Canada. The run-first Terrapins handed Texas its only loss and has beaten three other opponents by at least 27 points. They have matched last year’s win total and are two victories away from becoming bowl eligible — after an offseason that included the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and the indefinite leave for head coach DJ Durkin amid an investigation into the football staff.

“We are very proud of our players for the way they are doing it, and the way they’re playing hard,” Canada said. “It’s never going to be whatever we all want it to be, but it is going to be the best we can make it today. Do the best you can with what you’ve got and where you are.”

Both Maryland losses, to Temple and Michigan, were by 21 points.

OUR BALL, NOT THEIRS

The Terrapins lead the Big Ten and rank fifth in the country with a plus-1.5 turnover ratio. The Maryland offense has given the ball away only five times (two fumbles, three interceptions). The defense has recovered two fumbles and picked off 12 passes, the second-highest total in the country.

“Obviously on defense we talk about getting the football,” Canada said. “They’re trying to we’re trying to strip the football, we’re trying to be ball hogs when it’s in the air and go act like it’s our ball and not theirs.”

AIR ATTACK

Iowa, typically thought of as a running team, is averaging its most passing yards since 2005. Quarterback Nate Stanley has thrown 14 touchdown passes in his last four games, and tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson have combined for 45 catches for 692 yards and nine TDs.

Defenses “don’t have the ability to double cover T.J. or Noah … it allows them some space out on the field to make plays,” Stanley said.

4,000 CLUB

Maryland running back Ty Johnson ranks fourth on the school career chart in yards rushing and all-purpose yards. The senior ran for 132 yards against Rutgers to raise his career total to 2,564, and now has 4,081 all-purpose yards.

“My mom’s really the one that pays attention to stuff like that,” Johnson said. “That stuff doesn’t mean anything to me. Well, it means something.”

Not all of those yards came with Maryland’s offense. He ranks second in the Big Ten with 339 yards on kickoff returns.

CAVALRY IS COMING

Iowa running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and linebacker Nick Niemann could return after missing games with minor injuries. Kelly-Martin has 181 yards on 50 carries and Niemann has 22 tackles despite missing the past two games after hurting his leg late in a loss to Wisconsin.

RAMBLING WRECK OF…COLLEGE PARK?

Iowa beat triple-option Georgia Tech 24-14 in the 2010 Orange Bowl, arguably its biggest win in Ferentz’s 20 seasons in charge of the Hawkeyes. He knows the Terrapins will bring a powerful run game to Iowa City.

“It’s not like playing Georgia Tech exactly. But there (are) some parallels, primarily their strength is in running the football. When they throw it, they tend to be real big plays,” Ferentz said.

Winless Huskers are still sore about 2017 loss to Minnesota

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If Nebraska needs any extra incentive to pick up its elusive first win Saturday, players who were on the field against Minnesota last year need only remember what happened in that game.

The Gophers (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten), who visit Memorial Stadium on Saturday, rushed for 410 yards overall and also scored two touchdowns in the last 8 minutes in a 54-21 win.

“They kind of ran it up,” running back Devine Ozigbo said.

To be fair, Nebraska (0-6, 0-4) didn’t put up much resistance in that game or, for that matter, the next two when Penn State and Iowa each hung 56 on the Huskers.

Linebacker Mohamed Barry is among seven members of the 2018 defense who started on that crisp afternoon in Minneapolis when the Gophers gashed the Huskers for 9.1 yards per carry.

“Oh, yeah. I’m motivated as heck,” Barry said. “I’m ready for this game and stopping the run, because that was a big factor. No. 24 had a good game against Ohio State. I think he had newcomer of the week for the Big Ten. So shutting him down, shutting that run down will be vital. Something that I will take pride in doing this week.”

Barry was referring to redshirt freshman Mohamed Ibrahim, who ran for 157 yards in a 30-14 road loss to the then-No. 3 Buckeyes. He probably will get most of the work again. Shannon Brooks has been medically cleared to return from his knee injury, but his status was uncertain after his arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault following a confrontation with a male roommate last weekend.

Nebraska is coming off a painful 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern. The Huskers blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter in their program-record 10th straight loss. A loss Saturday would mark the first time since 1957 they’ve dropped seven in a row in the same season.

“You cannot look at this team and look at a record,” Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. “This team could easily be 5-1, 4-2, easily. They have lost on strange oddities. If I would tell you stories of how they lost watching these games, you’d be like, no way. This team is averaging close to 400, 500 yards of offense a game.”

MOOS SEES IMPROVEMENT

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said in an interview he sees the Huskers getting better under first-year coach Scott Frost even though they haven’t won.

“It’s not a panic situation,” Moos said. “We have the blueprint, we know what has to be fixed and it isn’t just on the roster or in the playbook. A lot of it has to do with addressing the infrastructure and building blocks needed to be perfected to be a champion. I’m talking about nutrition, strength and conditioning and recruiting, and it goes on and on and on. I’m very confident that in time this is going to be a fabulous program with great results.”

HE’S A LOAD

Minnesota will start 6-foot-9, 400-pound freshman right tackle Daniel Faalele for the second straight week. Freedom Akinmoladun, at 6-4 and 295 pounds, will be the primary Nebraska defender matched against him. According to Associated Press research, Faalele is the biggest offensive lineman on an FBS depth chart.

MINNESOTA MAN

JD Spielman, who grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was one of Nebraska’s few bright spots in last year’s game. The son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman caught nine passes for 141 yards, and his 291 all-purpose yards were most by an FBS freshman in 2017. Spielman is third in the Big Ten with 89.5 receiving yards per game.

PENALTY WATCH

Nebraska’s 10.2 penalties for 96 yards per game are worst in the Big Ten. Minnesota’s 4.0 penalties for 43.2 yards rank second.

IMPROVED RUN DEFENSE

Minnesota allowed 315 rushing yards and 8.5 per carry at Maryland on Sept. 22. Since then, the Gophers have limited Iowa to 106 rushing yards and 2.7 per carry and Ohio State to 92 yards and 2.9 per carry.

A YOUNG MAN’S GAME

Each team starts a true freshman quarterback. The Gophers’ Zack Annexstad has completed just 50 percent of his passes (44 of 88) with four touchdowns and seven interceptions over the last three games, all losses. Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez has flashed game-breaking abilities as a runner and passer but also has been inconsistent.

Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale’s return

HOUSTON (AP) — David Price, at last, looked like a postseason ace. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning. And much-maligned Jackie Bradley Jr. became an MVP.

Most everything went right for the Red Sox as they sailed into the World Series. Now the big question for Boston: Is everything all right with ace Chris Sale?

“We’re not perfect. That’s the cool thing about this team. We feel that we can keep improving. And we have one more series to go,” triumphant manager Alex Cora said Thursday night.

On his 43rd birthday, Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. The club that led the majors with 108 wins this season eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory, taking the AL Championship Series 4-1.

After the Red Sox surrounded Cora in the clubhouse and sang “happy birthday!” to their rookie skipper, they began turning their attention to next week.

Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers hold a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

The Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth crown in 15 years — this is their first World Series trip since winning it all in 2013.

Those extra days off at home will give Sale even more time to rest up.

The seven-time All-Star has been regaining strength since his release Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he spent Sunday night for observation because of a stomach illness. The club hasn’t specified Sale’s ailment or treatment.

Cora said before Thursday night’s game that the lefty ace was prepared for his next start — either in the ALCS or the World Series opener.

“We knew the skinny guy was ready for Game 6,” Cora said after Price and the Red Sox finished off the Astros.

Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA this season, but was limited down the stretch because of shoulder trouble. His velocity dipped in the playoffs, where he won the AL Division Series opener against the New York Yankees and also relieved in the clinching Game 4.

Sale lost the ALCS opener to Houston, working four uneven innings. After recently losing weight, he threw on flat ground Thursday, leading Cora to say Sale was ready.

The rest of the Red Sox look locked in.

Price had been 0-9 with a 6.16 ERA in 11 career postseason starts before holding Houston to three hits in six shutout innings, striking out nine.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner was thrilled he won’t be asked again about that zero in the win column.

“That’s awesome,” Price said. “I don’t have to prepare myself for it in spring training on Feb. 20 or September when I’ve still got five regular-season starts. I don’t have to answer that question anymore. And man, it feels good.”

Cora felt equally good after watching Price outpitch October star Justin Verlander for the victory.

“There was a lot of noise,” Cora said. “I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David, blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason. Yeah, the numbers are there, I know, but he was saying this — he didn’t hesitate. It was a bad matchup, one of the greatest against the worst and all that.”

“I don’t listen too much to what’s going on outside, but that one got me,” he added. “But you know what? I’m happy that David showed up today. And tomorrow we can turn the page and move on to the World Series with David Price.”

Kimbrel, who’s had some shaky outings lately, threw a hitless ninth for his fifth save this postseason. Boston slugger J.D. Martinez homered and star outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi made running catches in the clincher.

Bradley, stuck in a slump for much of the season, batted just .200 and his three hits were the fewest for any position player to win MVP of a league championship series. But he did plenty of damage with a grand slam, two-run homer and a three-run double.

“There’s nobody on this team that I can think of in baseball that deserves it more than Jackie,” Price said.

“He continues to push forward through everything that he has to go through. Watching him line out, hitting balls 100-plus miles an hour routinely this year and last year, to see him get that MVP award, to get those big hits, I’m so pumped for him.”

Ducati rider Dovizioso fastest in practice for Japan MotoGP

MOTEGI, Japan (AP) — Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest time in Friday’s practice for the Japanese MotoGP.

Dovizioso had a time of 1 minute, 45.358 seconds at Twin Ring Motegi, 0.105 ahead of Honda rider Cal Crutchlow. Johann Zarco was third-fastest on a Yamaha.

Marc Marquez, who has a chance to clinch the MotoGP championship in Sunday’s race, was fourth in the morning practice and did not set a time in the afternoon session when rain began to fall.

Marquez sealed the 2014 and 2016 MotoGP titles at the Motegi circuit and has a 77-point lead over Dovizioso heading into Sunday’s race.

After a brief outing in the first practice to test his physical condition, Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo decided to withdraw because of a wrist fracture he sustained in Thailand. Lorenzo is currently fifth in the standings.

There will be one more practice session before Saturday’s qualifying.

Lots of Broncos fans on hand to watch rout of Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There were a lot of orange-clad Denver fans in the stands in Arizona.

They must have loved watching the Broncos beat down the host Cardinals 45-10 Thursday night.

“That was unbelievable,” Denver quarterback Case Keenum said afterward. “It felt like a home game there for a lot of it. That was impressive. That was really cool.”

After four straight losses, the Broncos (3-4) took control early, returning two interceptions of Josh Rosen’s passes for first-quarter touchdowns. Denver led 21-3 after one quarter and 35-3 at the half, giving a rare breather of a win to embattled coach Vance Joseph.

“That’s more about our football team. I’m not concerned about me,” Joseph said. “It’s a good win for our football team. It has been a tough, tough two weeks. We had a tough loss on Sunday. We had a short week, so it’s really good for our team to win a game.”

The Cardinals (1-6) have lost their first four home games for the first time since 1979, nearly a decade before the franchise moved from St. Louis to the desert.

“Definitely an embarrassing effort tonight,” first-year coach Steve Wilks said. “Our fans deserve more than that. We have to perform better than that. Six sacks, three interceptions. It can go on and on. Unacceptable.”

Arizona offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had been considered on shaky ground but there’s no indication that any move is imminent.

“You guys are going to ask me about changes,” Wilks said. “That’s premature to talk about any changes right now. Everyone is going to be evaluated across the board.”

Here are some things to consider from the Broncos’ romp in the desert:

MILLER’S PROMISE

Denver’s Von Miller had promised the Broncos would kick the Cardinals’ backside and they certainly did.

Miller said he did it to boost the confidence of his teammates.

“And it worked,” he said.

Defensive end Zach Kerr agreed.

“It puts an extra fire in us,” he said. “You can feel it all week during the preparation. Everyone was zoned in, locked in. It’s a short week, but nobody complained. Nobody said anything, but we just went out there and worked.”

HARRIS’ FLIP

Emmanuel Sanders had a big night, throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass and catching a 64-yarder for a score.

On the TD catch, he did a front flip over the goal line. He had said he was going to quit with the flips, but couldn’t resist.

“That’s what it’s about, man, having fun and playing football,” Sanders said. “That’s how you win games. To catch that pass, I didn’t have to do anything but run straight. It was probably one of the easiest touchdown passes I’ve caught in terms of a deep ball.”

ROSEN’S NIGHT

Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen had a tough night.

He threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice. He also was sacked six times.

Rosen said he tried to force things and it backfired.

“This is kind of an old saying I got in college. ‘Don’t turn a car crash into a fatality,’” Rosen said. “So I think sometimes you just have to make the smart play. I can’t just kind of toss it up there. … I just have to take care of the ball. For the most part, I think that was the biggest lesson I can take from the game.”

FITZGERALD’S SCORE

It took seven games, but Larry Fitzgerald finally caught his first touchdown pass of the season.

The four-yard pass from Rosen in the third quarter was Arizona’s lone touchdown.

It was Fitzgerald’s 111th career touchdown catch, tying him with Tony Gonzalez for seventh on the all-time list.

BIG RETURNS

The Broncos had two big early interception returns.

On the second play of the game, Derek Wolfe deflected Rosen’s pass and Todd Davis gathered it in, returning it 20 yards for the score.

With two minutes left in the quarter, miscommunication between Rosen and receiver J.J. Nelson led to the ball being thrown right to Denver’s Chris Harris Jr., who took it 53 yards for a touchdown.

“Yeah, we’re having a good time out there,” Davis said. “When everything is clicking like that, it really becomes fun and you really enjoy the game of football.”

Spartans, Wolverines showing respect before big matchup

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio began his news conference this week by talking about how well Michigan is playing, and how the No. 6 Wolverines certainly deserve a lofty ranking.

He later pointed out that recent matchups between the Spartans and Wolverines have been played in good spirit.

“The three games that we’ve had, ’15, ’16, ’17, I think they have played with great sportsmanship on the field, I really do,” Dantonio said. “Everybody’s playing hard and I think that’s good for college football. Well-coached football teams and respect — respect what they have done.”

When Michigan State talks about respect in this rivalry, it’s often to complain about a lack of it, but both teams have avoided major sound bites in the days leading up to Saturday’s clash between the Wolverines and the 24th-ranked Spartans. There’s still plenty at stake this weekend — and the potential for plenty of hostility — but each side seems aware of what it’s up against.

“Very good run defense,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “They’re very stout up front. They’ve got some real hard-playing guys — linebackers that are some of the best in the league. Very sound system.”

The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) and Spartans (4-2, 2-1) can play nice all they want in their pregame comments, but there’s no changing the history between these two rivals. There have been plenty of dustups and harsh words between them in the past. Here are a few of the highlights — just since Dantonio took over at Michigan State:

2007: After a win over the Spartans, Michigan’s Mike Hart refers to Michigan State as a little brother. Dantonio responds by warning the Wolverines that “pride comes before the fall” — and the Spartans have won eight of 10 in the series since then.

2011: Michigan State wins 28-14 for its fourth straight victory over the Wolverines, but Spartans defensive lineman William Gholston is shown on video taking a swing at a Michigan lineman and is suspended for the following game. Michigan State is flagged 13 times for 124 yards, and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says afterward that his Spartans tried to play “60 minutes of unnecessary roughness” against the Wolverines. He’s later admonished by his athletic director for the comment.

2014: Michigan State wins 35-11, showing no mercy while scoring a final touchdown with 28 seconds left. Afterward, Dantonio rails about a pregame gesture by Michigan in which the Wolverines planted a tent stake in the field at Spartan Stadium. Michigan coach Brady Hoke later apologizes for that.

2017: When asked late in the season to compare his team’s bowl bid to Michigan’s, Dantonio says simply: “I’ll just continue to concentrate on beating Michigan and let things sort of sort out.” Harbaugh shoots back on Twitter: “Saw Coach D comments on continuing to ‘focus’ on how ‘he’ can beat Michigan. Congrats on turning around a 3-9 team, plagued with off field issues. Good for BIG to have him back.”

Perhaps more grievances will be added to the list after this week, but regardless, the winner will have the usual bragging rights — and a chance to keep eyeing a Big Ten title this season. Here are a few more things to watch:

PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Harbaugh is in his fourth season at Michigan and in many respects, he’s done what he was hired to do. The Wolverines didn’t spend much time in the top 10 under their previous two coaches.

However, Harbaugh is 1-5 against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, and reversing that trend is important if he’s going to break through and win his first division title in Ann Arbor.

WHO CAN RUN?

The team with more yards rushing has won 43 of the past 48 games in this series, but both teams could find the going difficult on the ground. The Spartans have the nation’s top-ranked rushing defense. Michigan’s run defense is solid too, and Michigan State’s rushing attack has been underwhelming.

QB MATCHUP

This is an important test for Shea Patterson, who arrived at Michigan as a transfer amid plenty of hype. The Michigan State pass defense has looked vulnerable.

Brian Lewerke has plenty of experience for the Spartans, and he threw a last-minute touchdown pass to beat Penn State a weekend ago.

STREAK

Michigan is 0-17 against ranked teams on the road since 2006. Harbaugh certainly isn’t responsible for all of that, but it’s on him to break the drought.

NO FEAR

Michigan State has nine wins over top-10 opponents since 2013. Only Alabama and Ohio State have more. Michigan was in the top 10 last year when the Spartans won in Ann Arbor.