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Michigan State wins again, leads division with little fanfare

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    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, top, is stopped on a keeper by Purdue's Normondo Harris during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 14-0. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)The Associated Press

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    Michigan State players, including Micajah Reynolds (60), Danny Folino (19) and Trae Waynes (15), sing the school fight song as they celebrate their 14-0 win over Purdue in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)The Associated Press

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    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio shouts into his headset on the sidelines during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 14-0. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)The Associated Press

Last year, Michigan State needed to win its final game of the regular season to become bowl eligible.

No need for that kind of drama in 2013.

The Spartans have already picked up win No. 6 — and they can expect to be firmly in the Big Ten title hunt when November rolls around.

Michigan State eased past Purdue 14-0 on Saturday to remain one of three teams unbeaten in Big Ten play. The Spartans didn't look sharp at all offensively — and coach Mark Dantonio even considered a quarterback change — but the defense was again up to the challenge.