Monday, October 24, 2011

A look inside the AP Poll: Week 9

Ira Schoffel must feel quite validated.

The Tallahassee Democrat reporter has been carrying the torch for the Spartans, ranking them higher than any other voter for the last six weeks. After a thrilling win over Wisconsin, the Spartans are now ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the BCS standings.

But that's what makes this week a little confusing. After having them at No. 9 last week, they only moved up two spots to No. 7 on his ballot this week. Maybe Wisconsin wasn't what he thought they were, as he dropped the Badgers from No. 5 to No. 14.

The new torch-bearer is Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman, who moved the Spartans up to No. 5 on his ballot — ahead of undefeated Clemson and Boise State. Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has MSU at No. 7, up from No. 14 a week ago. Lesmerises is back on the Spartan bandwagon. He had them at No. 9 on his preseason poll, but unranked after the Notre Dame loss until the win over Michigan. So that's quite a jump in three weeks.

MSU is ranked as low as No. 14 by Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette. Asmussen also has Wisconsin at No. 8 on his ballot after having them at No. 3 a week ago. He moved MSU up from No. 19.

As for local voters, John Niyo of The Detroit News has MSU at No. 8 and Jeremy Sampson of WLIX-TV has them at No. 10.

As always, thanks to Pollspeak

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