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Michigan State Resides At No. 2 In Both Major Polls Entering Big Ten Play

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In light of Saturday's 30-10 victory over Central Michigan and a 4-0 nonconference record, Michigan State will enter Big Ten play next week against Purdue at No. 2 in both the AP and coaches' poll.

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Michigan State will enter next week's Big Ten opener against Purdue with an unblemished 4-0 nonconference slate after Saturday's 30-10 victory over Central Michigan.

As a result of the 20-point victory over the Chippewas, the Spartans will also enter Big Ten play at No. 2 in both the Associated Press Poll and the AMWAY Coaches' Poll.

In the AP Poll, Michigan State received 1,397 points and five first-place votes - which puts it 85 points behind No. 1 Ohio State and 48 points ahead of No. 3 Mississippi, which received 10 first-place votes.

By virtue of its 31-0 shutout of previously ranked BYU, Michigan entered the AP Poll for the first time this year at 22 to join Northwestern (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 19) to give the Big Ten five ranked teams.

The Amway Coaches' Poll saw the Spartans move from third to second after Saturday as they received two first-place votes among its 1,493 points.

Ohio State has an 100-point lead on Michigan State in the coaches' poll while Michigan State owns a 92-point cushion on No. 3 TCU, which survived to get a 55-52 road win at Texas Tech.

The Wildcats (No. 17) and the Badgers (No. 18) are the other two Big Ten teams ranked by the coaches, with Michigan leading the "others receiving votes" category with 84 points.

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