Two blowout games Saturday moved the needle in opposite directions for Michigan State and Michigan in the latest Associated Press college football poll.
Moving up one spot, the Spartan are now sitting back at No. 5 following their 55-16 win over Penn State on Saturday. However, Michigan’s 42-13 home loss to Ohio State dropped the team seven spots to No. 19.
The latest ranking is familiar territory for MSU which ranked in the top five for the first six polls of the season.
The Big Ten has three of the top six teams in the rankings for the first time since the final regular season poll of the 2006 season, when Ohio State was No. 1, Michigan was third and Wisconsin was sixth.
Clemson and Alabama remain the top two in the poll, respectively.
Michigan State will now face off against No. 4 Iowa next Saturday in Indianapolis in the Big Ten championship game.
TOP 25 Associated Press Poll
5. Michigan St.
6. Ohio St.
8. North Carolina
9. Notre Dame
10. Florida St.
14. Oklahoma St.
24. Southern Cal