While the Spartans gave a good performance for two-and-a-half to three quarters in Eugene last night, the Ducks' pace was eventually too much for MSU, and they fell a bit in this week's Coaches poll. Obviously polls have a lot less influence on who plays for the national title then they did a year ago, but it's still interesting to see where the Spartans rank. The Spartans fell seven spots to #13 in the Coaches' Poll this week, while Oregon stays at #4.
Here are some things of interest:
- There are three other Big Ten teams in the poll: Wisconsin at #17, Ohio State at #18, and Nebraska at #21.
- Ohio State fell 11 spots from #7 to #18. This was still not big enough of a fall to put them behind the #19 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, the team that beat them 35-21 in Columbus.
- Nebraska also falls three spots. That's what happens when you need Ameer Abdullah to make sure you beat an FCS foe without overtime.
- Other Big Ten teams receiving votes: Minnesota (17 votes), Iowa (9 votes), Michigan (2 votes? OK then).
Here's the poll in full:
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