Michigan State was on the verge of being on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff rankings. The Spartans debuted at No. 24 last week and had a tough game against a top-10 Penn State team in Week 10.
But Mark Dantonio’s team picked up a win against the Nittany Lions on Saturday. And with some other ranked teams falling, the Spartans’ big win vaulted them up the rankings.
Michigan State jumped up 12 spots to No. 12 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. It was the biggest jump in the 4-year history of the CFP rankings, as pointed out by ESPN Stats and Info. And it wasn’t even that close.
Michigan State's 12-spot jump from No. 24 to No. 12 is the biggest 1-week jump in the 4-year history of the #CFBPlayoff rankings.
Previous high was an 8-spot jump, done 3 times.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 8, 2017
At 7-2, Michigan State is the second-highest ranked Big Ten team and the third-highest ranked team with two losses in the nation. The Spartans can pad their resume, and put themselves in the Big Ten East’s driver’s seat, this weekend with a road test at No. 13 Ohio State.
If Michigan State can knock off the Buckeyes, Big Ten title and College Football Playoff discussion won’t be far behind.
“If they keep winning, they’ll be in the discussion (of the top 4 teams),” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said on Tuesday night’s selection show. “With the resume they have, they’ll have something to say about it. But they still have a long way to go.”
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