The opening night loss against a good Kentucky Wildcats team did not hinder Michigan State basketball fans’ confidence in the direction of the program (although, Kentucky somehow lost to Evansville last night), as it remains fully intact at 100 percent.
MSU followed up the defeat with a dominant win over Binghamton on Sunday, despite the tragic circumstances leading up to the game. The basketball team is going to be just fine moving forward, and even though there’s already a loss on the record, it’s not going to matter much in the grand scheme of things.
Now ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, the men’s hoops team has another tough challenge on Thursday night against No. 12 Seton Hall in Newark, New Jersey. However the Pirates will be without their best player, as preseason All-American Myles Powell is dealing with an ankle injury.
Basketball is great! Football is another story. Michigan State blew a 25-point lead against Illinois last Saturday, and just about every MSU fan lost its cool with Mark Dantonio and the program. But if this weekend full of tragedies for the Spartans family taught us anything at all, it’s to not lose sight of what is actually most important.
Still, fan confidence for the football team is barely above rock bottom at 12.5 percent. That’s the lowest it has been since it hit complete zero following the loss to Wisconsin. The number has not reached 20 percent or higher since Week 6.
The Spartans currently sit a 4-5. With three games left against Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, the team needs to win at least two of those to even get in a bottom-of-the-barrel bowl game.
LSU remains at No. 1 following the big win over Alabama. Ohio State moves up to No. 2 and Clemson up to No. 3, while the Crimson Tide slide down to No. 4, and Georgia rounds out the top-five. Baylor moves up four spots to No. 10 as it escaped in triple overtime against TCU to remain undefeated. Meanwhile, Minnesota moves all the way up to No. 7 (No. 13 last week) after defeating Penn State. Oklahoma, Penn State and Florida are also in the top-10. Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana are the other Big Ten teams to make the FanPulse national top-25, giving the conference six total teams in the poll.
National Question of the Week: Who is your Hesiman favorite?
Following Burrow’s impressive performance in the victory over Alabama (31-39, 393 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and 64 rushing yards), the Heisman appears to be his to lose at this point. Burrow earned an astonishing 82.2 percent of the FanPulse votes. Hurts finished second (7.1 percent), Fields was third (6.4 percent), Lawrence was fourth (2.6 percent) and Tugovailoa finished last (1.7 percent).
The Only Colors Top-25:
No disrespect to LSU, but TOC still collectively thinks Ohio State is the best team in the land. Hmm.
1. Ohio State
9. Penn State
17. Notre Dame
19. Appalachian State
21. Boise State
23. Virginia Tech
24. Wake Forest
25. Louisiana Tech
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