Michigan State’s latest narrow victory against an unranked opponent cost the Spartans three spots in the Associated Press poll, a drop from 4 to 7.
The coaches didn’t penalize the Spartans (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) as much after Saturday’s 31-24 win at Rutgers. MSU fell from No. 3 to No. 4 in the Amway Coaches Poll, with a huge game next at rival Michigan (5-1, 2-0) — which is up to 12 in the AP poll and 14 in the coaches poll.
MSU started the season No. 5 and got as high as No. 2 in the AP poll. The No. 7 ranking is the Spartans’ lowest in the AP poll since entering last season’s Cotton Bowl against Baylor at No. 7. MSU’s 42-41 comeback win resulted in a No. 5 finish.