EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s 28-14 win against Western Michigan on Saturday moved the Spartans to 2-0 on the season and to No. 8 in the Week 2 Land of 10 Power Poll, which was released Sunday.
The Spartans finished at No. 9 in the inaugural Week 1 poll, losing the tiebreaker to Nebraska. They were jumped by Minnesota this week, but passed Week 2 losers Nebraska and Northwestern.
Michigan State’s defense has not allowed a touchdown on the season, and the only points it has allowed (1 field goal) came off of a turnover. Spartans opponents have scored 2 touchdowns on defense (fumble returns) and 1 more on special teams (a 100-yard kick return by Western Michigan star Darius Phillips on Saturday).
Penn State moved to the top of the poll after Ohio State’s 31-16 home loss to Oklahoma. The Buckeyes now come in at No. 3, behind the Nittany Lions and Michigan.
I ranked Michigan State No. 7. After placing the Spartans in the eighth spot after the first week, I jumped them over Northwestern this time. While the final poll put Minnesota ahead of Michigan State, I didn’t deem the Gophers’ win against lowly Oregon State enough to merit that move.
Coach Mark Dantonio’s team gets a bye week before facing Notre Dame, its first Power 5 opponent of the season. The game will be played at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23, with kickoff coming around 8 p.m. ET.
Week 2 Land of 10 Power Poll vote total
1. Penn State (12 No. 1 votes)…168
2. Michigan (1)…154
3. Ohio State…140
8. Michigan State…69