The rivals will meet again Oct. 20, 2018, but until then fans of the Spartans and Wolverines will look for other sources for bragging rights — such as power rankings.
The Detroit Free Press published its preseason Big Ten power rankings on Wednesday, and Michigan State checked in at No. 4 — one spot ahead of Michigan.
The Free Press’ Orion Sang on the Spartans:
Last year was quite the bounce back for the Spartans, who went 3-9 the year prior. It shows you can never count Mark Dantonio out. Now, he’s got an experienced team that won big games over Michigan and Penn State last year. Can MSU take the next step forward and win the conference?
The Wolverines have a stacked defense and some talented young playmakers on offense. Jim Harbaugh still has to find his quarterback — and then keep him upright and uninjured. He might have accomplished the former by bringing in Shea Patterson. It remains to be seen whether the latter can be accomplished, though the right things have been said about new offensive line coach Ed Warinner.
Ohio State topped the power rankings, with Wisconsin clocking in at No. 2 and Penn State at No. 3.