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Close Call Against Purdue Costs Michigan State Poll Positions

In light of Saturday's 24-21 victory over Purdue - a game in which it led 21-0 at halftime - Michigan State falls to No. 4 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 3 in the AMWAY Coaches' Poll entering Week 6.

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time all season, Michigan State will leave the state of Michigan to play a game when it plays under the lights in Piscataway, N.J. next Saturday against Rutgers.

It will do so with a different number next to its name, as well.

As a result of a closer-than-expected, 24-21 victory over Purdue to open Big Ten play, the Spartans fell to No. 4 in the Associated Press Poll while slipping to No. 3 in the AMWAY Coaches' Poll.

In the AP Poll, Michigan State received 1,291 points and lost all five first-place votes it received last week - putting it 73 points behind No. 3 Baylor.

The Spartans were also jumped by No. 2 TCU, which rose two spots after its 50-7 victory over Texas. The Horned Frogs are 73 points behind No. 1 Ohio State - which received 38 first-place votes.

The Big Ten has Northwestern (No. 13), Michigan (No. 18) and Iowa (No. 22) alongside the two top-four teams in the AP Poll while Wisconsin fell out after its 10-6 loss at home to the Hawkeyes.

The Amway Coaches' Poll provided the Spartans better news as they fell just one spot after nearly blowing a 21-0 halftime lead against Purdue.

The Spartans' 1,409 points, including a lone first-place vote, puts them one point ahead of Baylor for No. 3 while they sit 26 points behind TCU - which received four first-place votes and 1,435 points.

With 50 first-place votes, Ohio State is armed with a 88-point lead over the Horned Frogs after holding on for a 35-27 victory at Indiana to get to 5-0.

The Wildcats (No. 14), the Wolverines (No. 21) and the Hawkeyes (No. 23), who both make their first appearance this year in the coaches' poll, are the other three Big Ten teams ranked by the coaches.

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