EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s 35-10 thumping of Bowling Green on Saturday landed the Spartans at No. 9 in the inaugural 2017 Land of 10 Power Poll, which was released Sunday.
Michigan State (1-0) did not garner much preseason hype coming off a 3-9 season in 2016, largely due to the youth of the team. But Coach Mark Dantonio’s players got off to a promising start by out-gaining Bowling Green 465-212 and coasting to victory despite fumbling four times and losing three of them.
Brian Lewerke impressed in completing 22 of 33 passes for 3 touchdowns while also leading the Spartans in rushing with 69 yards. Sophomore middle linebacker Joe Bachie finished with a team-high 10 tackles.
Ohio State topped the poll after its 49-21 win at Indiana on Thursday. Penn State ranked second, Michigan third. The Big Ten finished 11-3 in Week 1, with only Purdue, Rutgers and Indiana losing.
I ranked Michigan State eighth in the poll. The Spartans tied with Nebraska at that spot, but the Huskers took the tiebreaker with more sixth-place votes. In debating between the two, I put Michigan State ahead because of the convincing nature of its win compared to Nebraska’s 43-36 win against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves have a good team, but I thought the Spartans looked sharper than the Huskers.
Michigan State will face a stiffer test this week when it welcomes Western Michigan to Spartan Stadium. The Broncos gave No. 4 USC a scare Saturday before the Trojans pulled away to win, 49-31.
Land of 10 Power Poll
1. Ohio State (10 No. 1 votes)…166 points
2. Penn State (3)…152
8. (tie) Nebraska…62
8. (tie) Michigan State…62
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