For the second time in three weeks, Michigan State is not in the national rankings.
The Spartans (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten), who lost 21-7 to Michigan on Saturday, dropped out of the AP Top 25 after being No. 24 last week and are now among the teams receiving votes with eight. Michigan State remained unranked in the Coaches Poll and received just one point, representing one vote for No. 25.
Both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll were released Sunday afternoon.
Coming off a 10-3 season and returning 19 starters on both sides of the ball, Michigan State was No. 11 in the preseason AP rankings and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll. A 3-2 start to the season dropped the Spartans out of both rankings before last week’s upset win at then-No. 8 Penn State vaulted them back into the AP Top 25.
Michigan State hosts red-hot Purdue on Saturday (noon, ESPN). Since opening the season 0-3, the Boilermakers have won four in a row, including a 49-20 upset against then-No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.
Alabama remains the No. 1 team in both the AP rankings and Coaches Poll. The Big Ten has five teams in the national rankings in Michigan (7-1; No. 5 AP/No. 5 Coaches Poll), Ohio State (7-1; No. 11/No. 9), Penn State (5-2; No. 17/No. 16), Iowa (6-1; No. 18/No. 18) and Wisconsin (5-2; No. 20/No. 19).