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Michigan State Spartans jump to No. 11 in both AP and Coaches polls

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The Michigan State Spartans vaulted into the top-15 of both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll following a high-scoring night against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. MSU checks in at No. 11 in both polls this week, up from No. 17 in the AP and tied for No. 16 in the Coaches last week.

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-11 of the rankings. Big Ten teams are in bold.

Full AP Results:

  1. Alabama (53 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (9)
  3. Iowa
  4. Penn State
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Ohio State
  8. Oregon
  9. Michigan
  10. BYU
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Kentucky
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Auburn
  19. Wake Forest
  20. Florida
  21. Texas
  22. Arizona State
  23. NC State
  24. SMU
  25. San Diego State

Others Receiving Votes:

Clemson 96, Texas A&M 41, Oregon State 27, Baylor 24, Mississippi State 18, Virginia Tech 13, Stanford 11, UTSA 10, Pittsburgh 6, Fresno State 5, Texas Tech 4, Western Michigan 3, Appalachian State 2, Kansas State 2, Boston College 1, UCLA 1.


USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

The Big Ten also has five teams inside the top-11 of the Coaches Poll (teams in bold), with Maryland also still receiving votes again this week despite the turnover-riddled loss to Iowa on Friday night.

Full Coaches Poll Results:

  1. Alabama (63 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (2)
  3. Iowa
  4. Penn State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. BYU
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Kentucky
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Florida
  19. Auburm
  20. Wake Forest
  21. Clemson
  22. NC State
  23. Texas
  24. SMU
  25. Arizona State

Schools that Dropped Out:

No. 13 Texas A&M; No. 20 UCLA; No. 21 Fresno State; No. 24 Baylor.

Others Receiving Votes:

Texas A&M 105; San Diego State 103; Baylor 40; Pittsburgh 34; Oregon State 27; Iowa State 27; Virginia Tech 24; Boston College 14; Texas-San Antonio 13; Appalachian State 11; Fresno State 8; Liberty 7; Mississippi State 6; North Carolina 5; Maryland 5; Western Michigan 2; Texas Tech 2; UL Lafayette 1; Nevada 1.