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Michigan State Spartans make top-25 rankings in AP and Coaches polls

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Following a 21-point upset victory on the road against the No. 24-ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes, and a 3-0 start to the 2021 season, the Michigan State Spartans have cracked the top-25 rankings for the first time this season in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. MSU checks in at No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the Coaches Poll.

The Spartans received votes each of the past two weeks, but did not make it into the top-25 rankings until this week. The Spartans are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, and this marks the first time Michigan State has been ranked since Sept. 29, 2019, when MSU was No. 23 in the Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the AP Poll.

Full AP and Coaches polls results are below.


AP Poll

Unsurprisingly, Miami (FL) dropped out of the poll this week after Michigan State dominated the Hurricanes. Virginia Tech (No. 15 last week) and Arizona State (No. 19 last week) also dropped out. This week’s AP Poll features six Big Ten teams, including three in the top-10, with one more (Maryland) receiving votes. Big Ten teams in bold.

Full AP Results:

  1. Alabama (59 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (3)
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Penn State
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Clemson
  10. Ohio State
  11. Florida
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Iowa State
  15. BYU
  16. Arkansas
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Michigan State
  21. North Carolina
  22. Fresno State
  23. Auburn
  24. UCLA
  25. Kansas State

Others Receiving Votes:

TCU 91, Liberty 56, Virginia Tech 52, Oklahoma State 51, Maryland 29, Arizona State 24, Texas 22, USC 16, San Diego State 16, West Virginia 14, LSU 14, Kentucky 12, Boston College 9, Wake Forest 7, Texas Tech 5, Stanford 3, Memphis 3, Louisville 1, Wyoming 1


USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

The Big Ten also has six teams in the Coaches Poll (teams in bold), with Maryland and Rutgers receiving votes, but not quite cracking the top-25. Virginia Tech (No. 15 last week) and Arizona State (No. 21 last week) dropped out of the Coaches Poll this week.

Full Coaches Poll Results:

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

Others Receiving Votes:

Liberty 80, Kentucky 69, Texas Christian 50, Virginia Tech 49, Texas 42, Southern California 41, San Diego State 41, Kansas State 40, Memphis 27, Boston College 27, Maryland 26, Arizona State 26, Louisiana State 25, Wake Forest 22, West Virginia 19, UL Lafayette 17, Baylor 13, Army 12, Southern Methodist 8, Nevada 7, Stanford 6, Central Florida 6, Utah State 2, Tennessee 2, Rutgers 2, Texas-San Antonio 1, Miami 1.