Michigan State finished the 2017 on a high note, with a 10-3 record and a Holiday Bowl victory. The Spartans were ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll, and with nearly every important player returning, things were looking up in a major way for the program.
Then Spartan Nation got a serious gut check.
Sports Illustrated, like so many other publications (including us), released a “Way too early top 25” for next season. At the top sat Georgia, Alabama and Clemson, to no one’s surprise.
MSU fans who checked to see where the team was ranked needed to scroll passed the top 5, then the top 10, 15, 20, and, somehow someway, all the way to 25 without seeing the Spartans.
Wasting no time, Spartan Nation raced to Twitter, letting their anger be known. The #disrespekt was real.
Hook this disrespect to my veins. https://t.co/p9L0JvaN5n— Matt Hoeppner (@matthoeppner) January 9, 2018
Oh, this is rich.— Matt SheehAND THE BALL IS FREE!! (@Sheehan_Sports) January 9, 2018
I'll save you the click: MSU -- who went 10-3 and returns 19 starters -- is not ranked. https://t.co/Z3tptopARz
Unfortunately, the chip on the shoulder didn’t last long. Within a few hours, Sports Illustrated recognized the mistake and jumped in to fix things.
Whether on purpose (definitely on purpose, the hate is real) or an understandable slip-up when juggling all of the potential top 25 teams, SI fessed up and put out a revised rankings. This time, MSU was ranked No. 12.
Sports Illustrated staff writer Joan Niesen jumped on the grenade for the company. Niesen tweeted that the spartans had been accidentally omitted and she apologized for any stress caused.
Michigan State-gate is over. After shuffling during composition of the list left the Spartans accidentally omitted, they’re back where I originally had them: in the top 15. https://t.co/p0X9t4uU94— Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) January 9, 2018
And to the Michigan State fans I unwittingly stressed out, I apologize for the error. Certainly no disrespect intended.— Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) January 9, 2018
Fine, maybe there isn’t a nation-wide plot to keep Michigan State out of the spotlight... maybe.
BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP 10! WHAT IS GOING ON! HOW DARE THEY!