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Michigan State Spartans made small gains in both AP and Coaches polls

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Nebraska at Michigan State Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Despite a second half that saw almost no offensive production, the Michigan State Spartans have climbed up further in the top-25 rankings in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll following an overtime win versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers. MSU checks in at No. 17 in the AP Poll and tied for No. 16 in the Coaches Poll.

The win over Nebraska kept Michigan State ranked for the second straight week under second-year head coach Mel Tucker, and marks the first time the team is ranked inside the top-20 in both polls with him at the helm. The Spartans are 4-0 for the first time since 2015.

Full AP and Coaches polls results are below.

AP Poll

This week’s AP Poll features five Big Ten teams after Wisconsin fell out of the rankings following a loss to Notre Dame, including two teams in the top-five, with three more (Maryland, Wisconsin, and Rutgers) receiving votes. Big Ten teams are in bold.

Full AP Results:

  1. Alabama (58 first-place votes)
  2. Georgia (4)
  3. Oregon
  4. Penn State
  5. Iowa
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Arkansas
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Florida
  11. Ohio State
  12. Ole Miss
  13. BYU
  14. Michigan
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Coastal Carolina
  17. Michigan State
  18. Fresno State
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. UCLA
  21. Baylor
  22. Auburn
  23. N.C. State
  24. Wake Forest
  25. Clemson

Others Receiving Votes:

Texas 131; Maryland 91; San Diego State 57; Boston College 55; SMU 44; Kentucky 26; Iowa State 25; LSU 24; Arizona State 23; Virginia Tech 20; Wisconsin 13; Rutgers 6; Kansas State 5; UTSA 4; Oregon State 4; Louisville 3; North Carolina 1.

USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

The Big Ten also has five teams in the Coaches Poll (teams in bold), with Maryland, Wisconsin, and Indiana receiving votes, but not quite cracking the top-25. Iowa State (No. 14 last week), Wisconsin (No. 15 last week), and North Carolina (No. 20 last week) dropped out of the Coaches Poll this week.

Full Coaches Poll Results:

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

Others Receiving Votes:

Texas 101; Boston College 91; N.C. State 70; San Diego State 69; Maryland 59; Wisconsin 56; SMU 54; Virginia Tech 39; LSU 36; Iowa State 31; Army 23; Arizona State 12; UTSA 11; Liberty 11; North Carolina 10; UCF 9; Oregon State 7; Louisiana 3; Appalachian State 3; Louisville 2; Indiana 2; Wyoming 1.