August 31, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end William Gholston (2) reacts after call during the second half at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 17-13 Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Rankings: MSU Falls Below Michigan After Loss To Notre Dame

After losing to Notre Dame on Saturday, Michigan State fell below Michigan in the latest college football rankings.

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College Football Rankings, Week 4: Michigan Falls A Spot In AP Poll Despite Win

Despite breezing past UMass 63-13 on Saturday while racking up 585 yards of total offense, the Michigan football team fell from No. 17 to No. 18 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, released Sunday.

That's not so much a reflection on Michigan's performance, but just shows that a few teams had signature wins Saturday that merited moves in front of the Wolverines in the rankings. Notre Dame moved from No. 20 to No. 11 with its win over Michigan State, Florida moved up to No. 14 from No. 18 after its win over Tennessee and Stanford moved from No. 21 to No. 9 after beating USC.

Michigan travels to play Notre Dame, which looked dominant in its 20-3 win over Michigan State Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

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College Football Rankings, Week 4: Michigan State Falls 11 Spots In AP Poll

After losing to Notre Dame 20-3 Saturday, Michigan State has fallen from No. 10 to No. 21 in the AP Top 25 Poll released Sunday.

Michigan State's offense couldn't get anything going against a stout Notre Dame defense. The win propelled the Irish, who are now 3-0, up nine spots, from No. 20 to No. 11 in the latest poll. See the full rankings here.

Le'Veon Bell, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was held to just 77 yards rushing on 19 carries. Andrew Maxwell was sacked four times and completed just 23 of 45 passes for 187 yards. Michigan State only accumulated 237 yards of total offense in the game. It was the team's second straight loss to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame hosts Michigan, which fell from No. 17 to No. 18 in the AP Poll despite beating UMass, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Michigan State will play at home against unranked Eastern Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

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AP Top 25: Michigan Falls To No. 19

The Michigan Wolverines are still licking their wounds from the beatdown handed out by Alabama, and one of those wounds showed today in the release of the Week 2 AP Top 25 poll for college football. Michigan fell 11 spots from No. 8 to No. 19 after the 41-14 loss to the Crimson Tide. The Wolverines also lost the sole first-place vote they received in the preseason poll.

Michigan is the only team in the AP Top 25 that currently has a loss, but several future opponents are ranked in the poll as well. In-state rival Michigan State is No. 11, Ohio State is No. 14, Legends Division foe Nebraska is No. 16, and Notre Dame is No. 22.

Additional coverage on Michigan can be found at Maize N Brew, while SB Nation's NCAA Football hub is the place for all things college pigskin.


AP Top 25 Poll: Michigan State Climbs To No. 11

The Michigan State Spartans rose two spots to No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll on the strength of their 17-13 win over Boise State. Alabama's 41-14 thrashing of Michigan was enough to boost the Crimson Tide to No. 1 in the poll, while the Wolverines dropped 11 spots to No. 19.

The Spartans took out Boise State largely on the strength of Le'Veon Bell's game, one that included 210 yards on 44 carries and earned Bell the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week award.

The full AP Top 25 Poll results:

Record; Pts; Pv

1. Alabama (45) 1-0; 1,481; 2

2. Southern Cal (11) 1-0; 1,435; 1

3. LSU (4) 1-0; 1,382; 3

4. Oregon 1-0; 1,295; 5

5. Oklahoma 1-0; 1,170; 4

6. Florida St. 1-0; 1,135; 7

7. Georgia 1-0; 1,083; 6

8. Arkansas 1-0; 992; 10

9. South Carolina 1-0; 980; 9

9. West Virginia 1-0; 980; 11

11. Michigan St. 1-0; 915; 13

12. Clemson 1-0; 788; 14

13. Wisconsin 1-0; 664; 12

14. Ohio State -0; 634; 18

15. Virginia Tech 1-0; 604; 16

16. Nebraska 1-0; 603; 17

17. Texas 1-0; 584; 15

18. Oklahoma State 1-0; 558; 19

19. Michigan 0-1; 446; 8

20. TCU 0-0; 355; 20

21. Kansas State 1-0; 339; 22

22. Notre Dame 1-0; 198; NR

23. Louisville 1-0; 190; 25

24. Florida 1-0; 145; 23

25. Stanford 1-0; 131; 21

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