EAST LANSING, Mich. — After its bye in week two, Michigan State has stayed put at No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25, both released Sunday.
The Spartans came in at No. 11 in the preseason Coaches Poll and moved up to No. 8 after beating Furman 28-13 in the season opener. They have been ranked No. 12 in the AP Top 25 for the first three weeks.
What it means: Michigan State didn’t have to worry about losing its spot in the poll because it had the weekend off. It can actually feel pretty good about not moving. None of the top seven lost, but at the same time, no one below the Spartans impressed enough to leapfrog them.
MSU’s next opponent, Notre Dame, is back on the rise after dismanting Nevada 39-10 for its first win of the season. A road win over the Irish would surely catapult Mark Dantonio’s team.