All year long, pollsters had been punishing Michigan State - despite a perfect record - for not winning sexy enough.
Given the opportunity to judge Michigan State after a loss, that fall continued in the aftermath of Saturday's 39-38 loss at Nebraska, which left it at 8-1.
At 807 points in the AP Poll, the Spartans fell eight spots from No. 6 to No. 14 and are 34 points behind 13th-ranked Texas Christian, which got absolutely blitzed Saturday at Oklahoma State.
While Ohio State fell from the atop the poll as Clemson usurped it after beating Florida State, Iowa (No. 8), Michigan (No. 15), Wisconsin (No. 23) and Northwestern (No. 24) are all part of a group of six Big Ten teams ranked.
Meanwhile, the AMWAY Coaches' Poll indicated a similar script for Michigan State.
Mark Dantonio's charges fell eight spots there, as well, going from No. 6 to No. 14 in compiling 849 points.
Whereas the Spartans are slightly behind the Horned Frogs in the AP Poll, they're 13 points behind No. 13 Utah while having some breathing room in front of the 15th-ranked Wolverines, who have 683 points.
Ohio State is 15 points ahead of Clemson for the No. 1 ranking from the coaches while Iowa (No. 8), Wisconsin (No. 22) and Northwestern (No. 24) as the six Big Ten teams ranked by the AP are the same six ranked by the coaches.