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Michigan State Spartans climb into Top-10 in both AP and Coaches polls

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The Spartans continue to climb in the rankings after moving to 6-0 to start the season.

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The Michigan State Spartans’ explosive offensive performance yesterday in Piscataway helped the team climb into the top-10 of both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for this week’s results. Following a multiple-record breaking performance that saw Michigan State become just the fifth team in FBS history to have a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher, and 200-yard receiver in the same game, the Spartans enter this week at No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the AP Poll.

There were some noticeable changes at the top, as Alabama suffered a rare regular season loss and fell from the top as a result. Full AP and Coaches polls results are below.


AP Poll

This week’s AP Poll features five Big Ten teams all ranked inside the top-10 of the rankings, including Iowa at No. 2. In comparison, just two SEC teams are in the top-10 right now. Big Ten teams are in bold.

Full AP Results:

  1. Georgia (62 first-place votes)
  2. Iowa
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. Michigan State
  11. Kentucky
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Arkansas
  18. Arizona State
  19. BYU
  20. Florida
  21. Texas A&M
  22. NC State
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas

Others Receiving Votes:

Auburn 106, Clemson 63, Baylor 62, UTSA 22, Mississippi State 7, Kansas State 3, Air Force 2, Appalachian State 2, Pittsburgh 1.


USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

The Big Ten also has five teams inside the top-nine of the Coaches Poll (Big Ten teams in bold). Iowa even received one first place vote in the poll for some odd reason (sorry Hawkeye fans, but beating Penn State’s backup quarterback doesn’t earn you that vote in my book).

Full Coaches Poll Results:

  1. Georgia (64 first-place votes)
  2. Iowa (1)
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Alabama
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan
  8. Penn State
  9. Michigan State
  10. Oregon
  11. Kentucky
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Florida
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Arkansas
  20. BYU
  21. NC State
  22. Arizona State
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Clemson

Schools that Dropped Out:

No. 19 Auburn; No. 23 Texas.

Others Receiving Votes:

Auburn 98; Baylor 91; Texas 74; Pittsburgh 36; Texas-San Antonio 30; Mississippi State 18; Iowa State 18; Appalachian State 18; Boston College 11; Air Force 9; Tennessee 8; Liberty 8; Nevada 7; UL Lafayette 3; Houston 3; Fresno State 3; UCLA 1.