College Football Rankings: After Loss, Can Michigan State Still Win Big Ten?
After starting out 2-0 and got ranked as high as No. 15 this season, the Michigan State Spartans fell to the 0-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31-13 in South Bend, IN. on Saturday.
And in addition to the loss, as expected, Sparty dropped in the rankings, eight spots in fact, from No. 15 to No. 23.
So now that the Spartans have lost and were significantly beaten by the Irish, does this carry over into their Big Ten play and decrease their odds at repeating as conference champions?
No, because they still have the talent to get back on track, the only problem last week was that Notre Dame is a much better team than advertised, they just happen to finally bring everything together.
In turn, Michigan State just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when they traveled to South Bend, IN.
Once Big Ten play begins though, it will be difficult, as QB Kirk Cousins and company will have their hands full with in-state rival No. 21 Michigan, No. 9 Nebraska, and No. 7 Wisconsin.
The Spartans are still a better team than the Wolverines, although we technically won’t know until they meet in mid-October, but as of last season they have Wisconsin’s number, but playing Nebraska on the road will be their hardest test.
All this being said though, by regular season’s end, Michigan State should finish up at 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten.
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