Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A look inside the AP Poll: Week 10

It's pretty clear MSU is a good team right now, but not an elite team.

The Spartans came in at No. 15 in this week's AP Poll. They are ranked as high as No. 10 and as low as No. 20, and halfway in between is where they ended up.

The highest ranking comes from John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) Strangely, he had them at No. 10 last week as well. Clay had Nebraska at No. 12 last week and moved them up to No. 8. He dropped Clemson one spot behind MSU.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman dropped MSU from No. 5 last week down to No. 12. Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat had MSU higher than any other voter for six straight weeks before last week. He dropped MSU from No. 7 last week down to No. 15. He seems to be a bit off the Spartan bandwagon.

There was less craziness for MSU on the ballot of Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He had MSU at No. 9 on his preseason ballot and unranked after the Notre Dame loss until the win over Michigan. They went from unranked to No. 14 to No. 7 and back down to No. 13 this week.

As for local voters, John Niyo has the Spartans at No. 14 and Jeremy Sampson of WLIX-TV has them at No. 16

A fun part of Pollspeak lets you compare teams. MSU beat Michigan, but U-M only has one loss. As a result, 21 of 58 voters have MSU ranked higher. What are your thoughts on that?

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