BCS Rankings: Michigan State Gets Big Boost With Win Over Michigan

By Jenna Aquino

It was one of the biggest, if not the biggest game in the Big Ten this weekend.

The Michigan Wolverines traveled to East Lansing to take on their in-state rival Michigan State Spartans. It is a great rivalry — one where you never know what to expect.

Both teams went into the game ranked in the AP Top 25. Michigan was No. 21 and Michigan State was No. 22. This season, the game seemed to be more in Michigan State’s favor. They are the only undefeated team left in the Legends division of the Big Ten and have one of the best defenses in the country. The Spartans could easily be competing for the Big Ten title in the Big Ten championship game.

As for Michigan, they have struggled this season in many areas. Their 6-2 record may not suggest that, but if you follow Michigan football at all, then you know this to be true. The Wolverines can barely go a game without a turnover, and their running game is nonexistent. Michigan State’s defense was too much for Michigan’s offense. The Wolverines were not able to get into the end zone and were held to just two field goals.

Michigan State was impressive on both sides of the ball. Their back-and-forth offense came alive. Quarterback Connor Cook threw for 252 yards and a touchdown as he led the Spartans to a huge 29-6 win over their biggest rivals.

This win for the Spartans greatly helped them in the BCS rankings. They were No. 22 in the BCS last week, and are now No. 17. If the Spartans can win out and keep getting big wins like this, it will help them move up even more in the BCS. A trip to the Big Ten championship and a Big Ten title wouldn’t hurt either.

Their defense can certainly get them there — it’s their offense that’s the question. They have been up and down all season.

Jenna Aquino is a Big Ten Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook, add her to your network on Google, or reach her by e-mail at starz9815@hotmail.com.

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