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Smelling roses? Badgers clinch share of Big Ten after 70-23 romp

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No. 5 Wisconsin has earned a share of the Big Ten championship with its 70-23 rout of Northwestern on Saturday.

Wisconsin (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will split the conference title with Ohio State and Michigan State after both teams won earlier Saturday. And the Badgers appear to have the inside track on a Rose Bowl berth, which will be determined by the Bowl Championship Series standings.

No. 8 Ohio State beat Michigan on Saturday, and No. 11 Michigan State won at Penn State. Wisconsin came into this week leading both teams in the BCS rankings.

Montee Ball rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers. Venric Mark returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown for Northwestern (7-5, 3-5).

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