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The second College Football Playoff poll was released last night, and MSU stayed put at No. 8, jumped by a Kansas State team with, at best, and equal resume to the Spartans. It's annoying and frustrating, but hopefully this weekend clears some things up. Michigan State obviously has the showdown with Ohio State, and Kansas State takes on TCU, which is also ahead of MSU. Oregon has a tricky game against Utah, and Notre Dame plays top-15 team Arizona State. Things could look very different next week, but it doesn't look like Michigan State will ever get the benefit of the doubt this season.

College football playoff rankings: Michigan State in trouble & more | Fox Sports | foxsports.com

I'm starting to worry.

Hey Joe: Playoff process leaves eye test blurry | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

The whole thing is still way too subjective.

Michigan State middle linebacker Taiwan Jones approaching Ohio State like a playoff game | MLive | mlive.com

They pretty much all are at this point.

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer talks Michigan State-Ohio State: Wouldn't call 'Spartans a powerhouse yet' | Cleveland.com

His longest answer came after a question about Dantonio. Players love that guy.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Dantonio, Spartans never get complacent | Columbus Dispatch | buckeyextra.dispatch.com

And for good reason.

By the Numbers: Ohio State and Michigan State are strikingly similar | Eleven Warriors | elevenwarriors.com

It is kinda wild.

Michigan State offense doing its share | ESPN Stats & Info | espn.go.com

"Doing its share" is underselling what the MSU offense has done this season.

Think Ohio State's Urban Meyer forgot about Michigan State commit L.J. Scott? Think again again: Buckeyes recruiting | Cleveland.com

You mad, bro?