The college football season is heading into week 11 and something has happened for the first time this season. No the Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t lose a game nor did the Oregon Ducks, but the Michigan State Spartans are finally gaining some serious attention nationally. Why is this a big deal? Well, because the Spartans seemingly garnered no respect in the first eight games of the season in which they won seven.
Michigan State is now 8-1 on the season and the Week 11 BCS rankings have been released and it looks like they will be serious contenders when fighting for a BCS bowl berth. The Spartans come in at No. 17 in this week’s poll — five spots ahead of where they were last week and it’s because of the beatdown they put on the Michigan Wolverines at home, 29-6.
Having the best defense in the country usually gets a team some respect in the rankings, but the Spartans didn’t even crack the rankings until week 10 and now they are beginning to make some voters look silly with their winning ways.
Mark Dantonio looks to be a genius this season, leading a team that has seemingly no hope at the beginning of the year, coming off a disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2012, to an 8-1 start to the 2013 season.
Just how good are the Spartans? Well, they rank first in the nation in yards allowed per game and third in points allowed per game while ranking 10th in sacks per game and 27 total on the season after recording seven against the Wolverines on Saturday. The Spartans have not allowed a touchdown in three games and haven’t allowed one to their biggest rival since 2011.