When you lose, you drop. Sometimes a lot and sometimes a little. Michigan State dropped 6 positions in the BCS to #17. I feared worse actually.
Here is how all of the B1G rankings are standing after last week:
Nebraska: BCS #10, AP & USA Today #9. If Nebraska consistently plays like they did last week, especially on defense, they may be the best team in the B1G. They’ve got a few tough games to get through, but they seem to have their mojo back.
Michigan: BCS #15, AP & USA Today #13. Michigan fans crack me up. U-M beats a 4-3 unranked Purdue at the Big House and they are already proclaiming that this is not the 2009 / 2010 Wolverines. Could be, but I don’t think Purdue tells us that. I know it’s been tough-going for quite a while, and I know you’re ready for the nightmare to end. Maybe it has?
Penn State: BCS #16, AP #16, USA Today #15. I think Penn State’s stock is a little undervalued. The true test is coming. After a bye week, they face Nebraska and then on the road versus Ohio State and Wisconsin. Reminds me of somebody’s October.
Michigan State: BCS #17, AP #15, USA Today #16. For the Spartans, the worst is behind us. The October-from-Hell is done and we came out 3-1. The loss to Nebraska is still fresh and still painful, but overall it was an darn fine October.
Wisconsin: BCS #20, AP #19, USA Today #n17. Wisconsin is slipping. Back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Ohio State will do that to you. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win out, but it’s not a given.
As for as standings, we’ve got a three-way tie in the Legends and Penn State continues to be top dog in the Leaders:
I’ll wait a week or two before I start obsessing over all of the different scenarios that could mean this or that for MSU, or any other team. The Legends is pretty bunched up and we’ll just have to wait and see who pulls ahead.
Not so much in the Leaders where Penn State has a three game lead and remains untarnished in B1G play. Depending on how things play out, that Penn State – Wisconsin game at the end of the season could be interesting.
Every week brings it’s twist and turns. We may go up, we may go down, but we always Go Green!