College Football Scores: Minnesota Upset Will Knock Michigan State out of Rankings
After last week’s demolition at the hands of Nebraska, the Michigan State Spartans can be forgiven for relaxing at the thought of today’s matchup with 2-6 Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they picked the wrong week to take on a squad that started the season with a near-upset of USC.
After a month of subpar performances, Gopher QB Marqueis Gray finally put his game back together last week in an upset win over Iowa. The dual threat posted TDs rushing and passing against the Hawkeyes, and has torched the Spartan secondary for three more scores through the air this afternoon.
Michigan State is far from being out of contention, as Kirk Cousins’ own passing exploits have kept them within a field goal into the third quarter. Even on their home field, though, the reeling Spartans will need some major heroics to overcome the best passing performance Gray has put together all year.
A second straight conference loss is a blow Michigan State cannot afford at this point in the season. It would drop them out of the current three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten’s Legends division, and would do even more damage to their position in the polls.
Losing to Nebraska was a heartbreaker after the emotional win over Wisconsin, but at least the Huskers were a ranked team on its home field. A loss in East Lansing to the sub-.500 Golden Gophers would be a disastrous blot on Michigan State’s record, and would knock them out of the Top 25 not only this week, but possibly for the remainder of the season.
With three more unranked teams left on their schedule, the Spartans will have little opportunity to recover if they can’t pull off the comeback this afternoon.
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