Finally the Spartans have cracked the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
MSU is at No. 23 after being the first team out for three straight weeks. The moved up one spot to No. 19 in the Coaches Poll.
Twenty-four of 59 voters who turned in ballots still have MSU unranked. Despite not playing, Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman both moved the Spartans up to No. 12 on their ballot. No other voters have MSU higher than No. 16.
While MSU is the only extreme ranking on Bohl's ballot, Schoffel still has three other teams in extreme rankings, including this week's opponent, Michigan, at No. 9.
U-M is No. 11 in the AP Poll, and the majority of voters have them from No. 10 to No. 12. They may seem overrated, and Brady Hoke is saying as much, but polls are relative, and they haven't lost, so there's not much else you can do.
How important are polls at this point? Well, MSU is a favorite on Saturday, so that should tell you. You can be upset about the poll right now, but it will all play itself out. If MSU thinks it's better than No. 23 and that U-M is worse than No. 11, then they can go prove it this weekend. It should be a fun game. I know I'm excited.
As for local voters, both Jeremy Sampson of WILX-TV and John Niyo of The Detroit News have the Spartans at No. 22.
As always, thanks to PollSpeak for the great site.