AP Poll, Michigan State #11 - What It Means

AP Poll, Michigan State #11 - What It Means

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AP Poll, Michigan State #11 - What It Means

After coming in at #12 in the first Amway Coaches Poll, Michigan State finds itself at #11 in the first Associated Press college football Top 25 poll that was released today.

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You’ll have to forgive the use of the word since it’s not commonly found in written pieces about college football but it applies.

Cozy.

The AP has released its first college football Top 25 rankings and Michigan State comes in at a very cozy #11.

If you’re a Michigan State fan, starting off a season with expectations that are sky high for legitimate reasons at the #12 spot in one poll and the #11 spot in another poll does, indeed, make things cozy.

Coaches and players always talk about how it’s not important where you start but, rather, where you finish.

In today’s college football world, that’s great coach-speak – but it’s not necessarily true.

Where a team starts matters a great deal these days.

Take a look back at the way the eventual 2013 Big Ten Champion Spartans started that season.

Those Spartans were coming off a tough, up and down 2012 season that ended with a 17-16 win over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

There were question marks all around – particularly at quarterback.

And it was reasonable that Michigan State entered the 2013 season unranked.

However, if Michigan State had started the season somewhere in the Top 15, that Spartan squad would have likely played against Florida State in what was the final BCS National Championship Game.

That’s not to suggest that Michigan State should have been in the 2013 preseason Top 15 – it’s merely pointing out that when a team starts a season well positioned, it only helps that team as the season progresses if the team wins.

Pretty basic stuff.

In 2013, Michigan State didn’t even crack the rankings until November 2nd – and on that afternoon, #24 Michigan State defeated #23 UMAA 29-6.

That victory propelled Michigan State all the way up to #14 and the Spartans advanced each week thereafter – to #13, to #11, to #10, and to #4 after defeating #2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The point is this: had Michigan State opened up that 2013 season, say, #18 in the nation, is it reasonable to speculate that the Spartans would have been the #2 team in the nation after defeating Ohio State in that Big Ten Championship Game?

By starting out this season at the #11 and #12 spots in the two main polls that “matter” between now and when the first College Football Playoff poll comes out, Michigan State has far less real estate to cover to reach those coveted Top 4 spots that everyone is working towards.

And, as we speculated a few weeks ago when the Amway Coaches Top 25 came out, Michigan State is going to benefit substantially as the weeks go by since the Spartans are in the Top 12.

Take a look here at how everything is going to shake out for the teams ahead of the Spartans between now and October 30th –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/09/first-cfp-poll-out-oct-30-where-will-msu-be-in-first-poll/

So, #11 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Cozy – like a quilt made by Mrs Doubtfire, who, if one were to examine closely, bears a striking resemblance to Duffy Daugherty…

The AP Top 25 Poll

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Alabama (42)
Record: 13-1
PV Rank

1

Points

1,505

2
Clemson (18)
Record: 12-2
4
1,476
3
Record: 13-2
2
1,350
4
Record: 13-1
7
1,271
5
Record: 12-2
5
1,256
6
Record: 10-3
16
1,215
7
Record: 12-2
3
1,173
8
Record: 10-3
13
1,027
9
Record: 10-4
10
1,013
10
Record: 11-2
8
1,012
11
Record: 10-3
15
877
12
11
804
13
Record: 9-5
20
778
14
Record: 8-5
773
15
Record: 11-3
12
543
16
Record: 11-3
9
533
17
Record: 7-6
511
18
Record: 9-4
19
450
19
Record: 7-6
384
20
Record: 9-4
24
351
21
Record: 13-0
6
312
22
Record: 11-3
22
292
23
Record: 7-6
216
24
Record: 7-6
148
25
Record: 9-4
18
106

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