MSU's Solution To Drop In Polls? Simple - Keep Winning

MSU's Solution To Drop In Polls? Simple - Keep Winning

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MSU's Solution To Drop In Polls? Simple - Keep Winning

After the underwhelming performance in Friday night’s 38-31 win over Utah State in the season opener, Michigan State fell in the rankings.  There is a simple solution to the development.

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If there are Spartan fans out there who are antsy or annoyed at the fact that Michigan State fell in both the AP and Coaches polls after actually winning a game, that’s somewhat understandable.

It’s not all that normal that a team gets “punished” for winning.

And, as Mark Dantonio said after the 38-31 win over Utah State last Friday night at Spartan Stadium, “We won’t ever apologize for winning a football game.”

Michigan State has plenty to work on this week and all throughout the season in order to improve and approach a level that would allow the team to compete for the Big Ten Championship.

The Spartans didn’t look like a Big Ten Championship contending team on Friday night – and the people who know that better than anyone else are the Spartans themselves.

“We got a dose of reality,” said Dantonio as he acknowledged that Michigan State might not have expected Utah State to bring it as hard and as quickly as the Aggies did in the opener.

This week’s challenging trip to the desert presents Dantonio and the entire Spartan program with the perfect opportunity to respond to the concern stemming from the less-than-stellar performance against Utah State.

And when a team that enters the season right around the Top 10 falls a few spots in the rankings despite winning, it isn’t reason to have a panic attack.

In fact, there is a very simple solution to the problem of falling in the rankings:

Winning.

We’re well aware of the fact that this sounds almost silly – but there don’t appear to be lot of folks just stating the factual nature of the situation.

If Michigan State wins games, the team will benefit from the wins in the form of the team’s rankings and College Football Playoff fortunes being reflected appropriately.

Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame opened up the season with very impressive wins and these teams were rewarded by the polls.

A win at Arizona State would be the first step towards demonstrating that Michigan State is the team that warranted the initial ranking and the respect that came with all of that.

Yes, it sounds silly – but it’s just a simple fact:

Keep winning and everything else will take care of itself.

Just a few basic questions regarding the other developments across these polls as Week 2 approaches.

  • Am I allowed to question, annually, why Old Miss State garners respect from the people who vote in these polls?
  • I get that Notre Dame won their season opener – but has anyone stopped to think about how that victory came against a team that went 8-5 last year and really has had zero reason to be thought of as any type of national contender, despite what Doug Gottlieb might have thought a month or so ago?

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/30/doug-gottlieb-is-wrong-and-heres-why/

  • I would not want to be a coach who has to prepare my team for a game against Virginia Tech at any point throughout this entire season – and that includes me, somehow, being Dabo Swinney.
  • Yes, LSU deserves credit for reminding The U that it’s not 1987. But Coach O is still the coach of the Tigers and using all of your timeouts in the first quarter demonstrates that he’s still Coach O.
  • Northwestern wins its season opener on the road over a Purdue team that everyone recognizes is pretty good and the Wildcats are not in the Top 25 while “others” who actually lost their season openers are still in the Top 25?  How does that make any sense?
  • If I were an Ohio State fan – and, thankfully, I am not – I’d be keeping a pretty close eye on Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs.  Just because you’re Ohio State, that doesn’t mean that victories are simply awarded when the Buckeyes take the field against a team with a coach who responds to his wife’s text messages, remembers the text exchanges, and doesn’t work on figuring out how to delete them..

Take a look at the way the entire Top 25 rankings look according to both the AP and Coaches polls below….

AP Top 25

RK TEAM REC PTS TREND
1 Alabama(48) 1-0 1511
2 Clemson(12) 1-0 1467
3 Georgia 1-0 1350
4 Ohio State 1-0 1262  1
5 Wisconsin(1) 1-0 1258  1
6 Oklahoma 1-0 1251  1
7 Auburn 1-0 1236  2
8 Notre Dame 1-0 1080  4
9 Washington 0-1 870  3
10 Stanford 1-0 865  3
11 LSU 1-0 801  14
12 Virginia Tech 1-0 777  8
13 Penn State 1-0 768  3
14 West Virginia 1-0 762  3
15 Michigan State 1-0 684  4
16 TCU 1-0 632
17 USC 1-0 628  2
18 Mississippi State 1-0 538
19 UCF 1-0 407  2
20 Boise State 1-0 391  2
21 Michigan 0-1 318  7
22 Miami 0-1 241  14
23 Oregon 1-0 217  1
24 South Carolina 1-0 125 NR
25 Florida 1-0 89 NR

Dropped from rankings: Florida State 19, Texas 23

Others receiving votes: Utah 71, Oklahoma State 62, Boston College 31, Texas A&M 29, Northwestern 28, Maryland 12, Ole Miss 11, NC State 9, Florida State 8, Houston 6, Memphis 6, Washington State 6, Iowa State 4, Hawai’i 3, BYU 3, Iowa 3, Kansas State 3, Fresno State 1, Arkansas State 1

Coaches Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS TREND
1 Alabama(59) 1-0 1571
2 Clemson(3) 1-0 1498
3 Georgia 1-0 1414  1
4 Ohio State(1) 1-0 1398  1
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1312
6 Wisconsin 1-0 1249  1
7 Auburn 1-0 1219  3
8 Notre Dame 1-0 1077  3
9 Stanford 1-0 909  4
10 Penn State 1-0 893  1
11 Washington 0-1 800  5
12 USC 1-0 766  3
13 Michigan State 1-0 733  1
14 Virginia Tech 1-0 730  3
15 LSU 1-0 724  9
16 TCU 1-0 699
17 West Virginia 1-0 612  3
18 Mississippi State 1-0 531
19 Boise State 1-0 362  3
20 UCF 1-0 339  3
21 Miami 0-1 277  13
22 Michigan 0-1 227  8
23 Oklahoma State 1-0 225  2
24 South Carolina 1-0 189 NR
25 Florida 1-0 138 NR

Dropped from rankings: Florida State 19, Texas 21

Others receiving votes: Oregon 136, Northwestern 87, Texas A&M 84, Utah 70, Florida State 46, Memphis 27, Boston College 21, Kentucky 13, Washington State 11, Duke 9, NC State 9, South Florida 9, Appalachian State 9, Iowa 9, Fresno State 7, Arkansas 6, Iowa State 6, Arkansas State 5, Kansas State 4, Hawai’i 4, Houston 4, Cincinnati 3, Maryland 2, San Diego State 1, Georgia Tech 1

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