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BCS Standings: Michigan State should be ahead of Michigan

Updated: October 27, 2013 10:16PM



Michigan State has fallen once, by a 17-13 score at Notre Dame. As losses go, that one’s pretty respectable, wouldn’t you agree?

Aside from that game, the Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have routinely won big. Matter of fact, each of their seven victories has been by at least 12 points. And yet only now, after a 42-3 victory at Illinois, is MSU debuting in the Top 25.

Question: How is the No. 24 ranking possibly good enough for this team?

The Big Ten might be down overall, but the Spartans’ body of work has been impressive. They have the top-rated defense in the country. That alone merits a better ranking.

The problem is, few expected the Spartans to contend in the Legends Division. Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern were something like tri-favorites, and all three have played below expectations. MSU’s reputation has been tarnished by association, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it.

Based on its play, Michigan (6-1, 2-1) has no business being ahead of MSU in the polls. Expect the Spartans to clear things up when they host the No. 23 Wolverines on Saturday (2:30 p.m., Ch. 7).

Wake us when it’s over

Northwestern at Nebraska (2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN) sure has lost a bit of luster. The Wildcats, losers of four in a row, are in never-ending-nightmare mode. The Huskers, coming off an unsightly defeat at Minnesota, are in more-of-the-same mode. It’s hard to tell which one is worse.

At least if Nebraska (5-2, 2-1) completely fell apart, it would offer fans a change of pace. Instead, Big Red Nation probably will have to stomach a sixth consecutive season with exactly four losses. That’s just how Bo Pelini teams roll.

Just like old times, sort of

Not much question the marquee game of Week 10 is No. 7 Miami at No. 3 Florida State (7 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 7). Both teams are 7-0. On paper, it reads a lot like one of the classic rivalry clashes this series offered during the previous two decades. In reality, it reads like Seminoles by four touchdowns.

Is it Week 11 yet?

Overall, the Week 10 slate of games is pretty lame. Just look at it as the calm before the spectacular storm that will be Week 11. Next Thursday will be one of the best nights of the season, with Oregon visiting Stanford and Baylor hosting Oklahoma. Two days later, LSU will hit Alabama with its best shot. It can’t get here soon enough.

Bear market

No. 5 Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) has its highest ranking in 60 years. Heading into November of 1953, the Bears were soaring at No. 3. They proceeded to lose three of their last four games and finished the season unranked. Zero chance that sort of thing happens this year, right?

Then again, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are on the remaining schedule. Guess anything could still happen.

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