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Michigan State Rises to No.5 In AP Poll After Beating Michigan

October 31, 2021
<p>Head Coach Mel Tucker gives thumbs up to Spartan fans after the Spartans raced back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Wolverines on Oct. 30, 2021.</p>

Head Coach Mel Tucker gives thumbs up to Spartan fans after the Spartans raced back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Wolverines on Oct. 30, 2021.

Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

Michigan State moved up to No. 5 in the AP Poll, leapfrogging Michigan, Oregon and Ohio State after knocking off the No. 6 team in the country.

The Michigan Wolverines were the only other unbeaten team in the Big Ten heading into Saturday. For about two and a half quarters, it looked like they would retain their perfect record, taking a 30-14 lead in the third. However, Michigan State came storming back to win the game 37-33 propelled by a stellar five touchdown performance from Kenneth Walker III.

The Big Ten now has three teams in the top ten. Ohio State dropped down a spot to No. 6, and the Wolverines fell to No. 9. Iowa tumbled down to No. 19 after losing 27-7 to Wisconsin in Camp Randall.

The Spartans were ranked sixth in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Student Media Poll.

1. Georgia

2. Cincinnati

3. Alabama

4. Oklahoma

5. Michigan State

6. Ohio State

7. Oregon

8. Notre Dame

9. Michigan

10. Wake Forest

11. Oklahoma State

12. Auburn

13. Texas A&M

14. Baylor

15. Ole Miss

16. UTSA

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17. Brigham Young

18. Kentucky

19. Iowa

20. Houston

21. Coastal Carolina

22. Penn State

23. SMU

24. Louisiana-Lafayette

25. Fresno State

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