Spartans starting season just outside top 25

Michigan State will start the season just outside the top 25 of the USA Today coaches poll.

The Spartans, who are coming off a 7-6 season, received 89 votes in the debut poll – the third-most of teams outside the top 25.

Defending national champion Alabama is the preseason No. 1 and is followed by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia.

The preseason No. 2-ranked Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25 of the coaches poll. Michigan is No. 17,  Nebraska is No. 18, Northwestern is No. 22 and Wisconsin is No. 23.

The Spartans will face four teams this season that are ranked in the preseason top 25. MSU travels to take on preseason No. 11 Notre Dame on Sept. 21, hosts Michigan on Nov. 2, travels to Nebraska on Nov. 16 and takes on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 23.

MSU had its highest-ever preseason ranking in the USA Today coaches poll last year when it began the season ranked No. 13. The Spartans were in the polls the first four weeks of the season before falling out following their 17-16 loss to Ohio State, which ended a school-record run of 34 straight weeks in the poll. MSU didn’t return to the top 25 the remainder of the season.

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2 Responses to Spartans starting season just outside top 25

  1. avatar msu76 says:

    Can’t gripe too much coming off a 6 loss season with 90% of our offense at the Steelers. Still, interesting that we’re not ranked but 3 teams we beat last year are(Wisconsin, TCU & Boise). Also, we’ll get our chances as 4 teams on our schedule are ranked. Finally, it’s a pre-season poll, so it doesn’t mean a thing!

  2. avatar NJ Rob says:

    I would not want to play MSU this season…we will figure out QB situation, our WRs will make progress, and we’ve got some legit talent at RB…these guys are going to be fired up to prove the world wrong! And yes, I’m not mentioning the Defense because we already know where they stand. Our offense won’t need to post 35 every game to get the W. Time to play…sorry in advance Broncos.

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