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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Montee Ball rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns and the Badgers earned a share of the Big Ten championship.

The Badgers (11-1, 7-1) made it four straight wins by 20 points or more _ and it wasn’t even the most lopsided game in that stretch, because Wisconsin beat Indiana 83-20 on Nov. 13. It also was the third time this season the Badgers scored 70 points or more.

Scott Tolzien was 15 of 19 for 230 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair to wide receiver Nick Toon.

It was also a dominant game by standout defensive end J.J. Watt, who forced two fumbles, made a big hit that caused an interception and blocked an extra point try.

Venric Mark returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown for Northwestern (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten).

No. 12 Arkansas 31, No. 6 LSU 23

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Ryan Mallett threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas put itself in position to land the school’s first BCS bid.

Mallett finished 13 of 23 passing and had touchdown passes of 85, 80 and 39 yards for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who won their sixth straight game and finished second in the SEC West.

The junior quarterback broke the school record for touchdown passes in the game, passing Clint Stoerner’s 57. Mallett now has 60 touchdown passes in two seasons at Arkansas, and his 39-yarder to Joe Adams on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter put the Razorbacks up 28-20.

LSU (10-2, 6-2), which was outgained 464-294 by Arkansas, never led. Jordan Jefferson passed for 184 yards and ran for 34 for the Tigers.

The Razorbacks likely still need Auburn to win the SEC championship next week against South Carolina to reach the BCS, but losses by Alabama and Boise State on Friday helped its case. LSU’s BCS hopes seem less than slim.

No. 8 Ohio State 37, Michigan 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jordan Hall broke the game open with an 85-yard kickoff return and the Buckeyes defense shut down Michigan’s high-powered offense for their seventh straight win in the rivalry.

The Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) picked up two celebration penalties after touchdowns but had a lot to celebrate: A share of a record-tying sixth Big Ten title and, most likely, a Bowl Championship Series bid.

Terrelle Pryor had two TD passes and Dan “Boom” Herron finished with 175 yards on 22 carries.

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