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With Michigan Looming, Michigan State Slips Yet Again In Polls

As Michigan State prepares for its visit to Ann Arbor, it'll do so with the knowledge it has dropped in the polls for a second straight week despite still being undefeated after Saturday's 31-24 win at Rutgers.

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Michigan State may be 6-0 through six weeks.

But it certainly could be argued that - at times - it hasn't looked like a 6-0 football team.

A second close call in as many weeks - this time a 31-24 road win at Rutgers - meant a second straight week the Spartans have taken a dip in both major polls despite winning.

Their first foray outside the state of Michigan now behind them, the Spartans make their first visit to Michigan Stadium on Saturday since Oct. 2012.

They will do so as the No. 7 team in the Associated Press poll - down three spots from last week - and as the No. 4 team in the AMWAY Coaches' Poll, marking a one-spot fall from a week ago.

Michigan State received 1,139 points in the AP Poll as Utah, Clemson and Louisiana State all jumped over it.

Ohio State, behind 27 first-place votes, maintained its hold on the top spot in the AP Poll while Michigan (No. 12), Iowa (No. 17) and Northwestern (No. 20) are the other three Big Ten teams in the AP Poll.

Saturday's game in Ann Arbor marks the first time since 2003 both the Spartans and Wolverines have been ranked in the top 15 upon playing one another.

The AMWAY Coaches' Poll saw Michigan State drop from No. 3 to No. 4 as it received 1,358 points and one first-place vote.

Courtesy of 1,547 points and 47 first-place votes, Ohio State remained atop the coaches' poll while Michigan (No. 14), Iowa (No. 17) and Northwestern (No. 21) round out the Big Ten's representation in the coaches' poll.

The entire AP Poll can be seen here while you can look at the entire AMWAY Coaches' Poll here.