EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State fell to No. 17 in the Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday following a 30-6 home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.
The Spartans (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) entered the weekend ranked No. 8 in both polls before suffering their first loss of the season. They now sit behind Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska, all of which are undefeated and in the top 15.
On Saturday, it was a failure to hold onto the ball that did the Spartans in. Michigan State entered the game tied for seventh in the nation in turnover margin at plus-2 but fell to a tie for 82nd after turning the ball over four times and making just one interception against the Badgers.
“We talked about it this week at length that they were a very solid football team,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said of Wisconsin following the loss. “They would make you beat them,”
With all their mistakes, the Spartans didn’t do nearly well enough to beat the now No. 8 team in the nation.
Michigan State will now try to regroup Saturday night at Indiana (2-1), its second unranked opponent of the season and first since the season opener against Furman.