After a monumental win in Ann Arbor on Saturday night, the Spartans improved to 4-1 on the season and moved into the AP poll as the No. 21 team.
The Spartans also moved into the Coaches poll as the No. 22 team. Michigan fell to No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the Coaches poll.
This is the Spartans’ first time in the polls since October 2016.
The Spartans’ rank in the polls is fair considering they weren’t getting many votes to begin with and the fact that they beat a top 10 team on the road. Obviously, the conditions weren’t great and that could’ve had something to do with the flow of the game, but as Mark Dantonio would say, “they all count as one.”
The upcoming schedule for Michigan State could allow them to climb even higher in the polls as they travel to Minnesota next week and then play at home against Indiana and on the road against Northwestern. MSU should be favored in all of those games and if they were to win all three, the Spartans could move into the top 15.
However, the Spartans can’t take anybody lightly and a game in Minnesota is no cake walk. The Spartans will be on upset alert next week, as the Gophers are a sound football team. It will be interesting to see if this young team can put this emotional high in the past and move onto the next game. The Spartans could come out a bit sluggish against the Gophers, but I believe they do pull out the victory.
Look for MSU to move up in the polls in the coming weeks before huge matchups between Penn State and Ohio State in early November.
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