Michigan State ranks No. 9 in first Land of 10 Power Poll

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

3. Michigan…143

4. Wisconsin…137

5. Maryland…107

6. Iowa…106

7. Northwestern…87

8. (tie) Nebraska…62 

8. (tie) Michigan State…62

10. Minnesota…55

11. Indiana…52

12. Purdue…37

13. Illinois…13

14. Rutgers…7

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