After Saturday's 17-16 loss at home to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Michigan State Spartans have dropped out of the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time this season. The Spartans were ranked in the top 10 just a few weeks ago, but a pair of losses has relegated them to looking in from the outside.
Michigan State was ranked No. 10 in the nation entering a Sept. 15 matchup against then-No. 20 Notre Dame, but the Irish pounded the Spartans 20-3 on national television. MSU has never really bounced back, never exactly looking strong even during a 23-7 win last week against Eastern Michigan, which was coming off a 54-16 loss against Purdue.
The path back into the top 25 doesn't appear to be particularly difficult for Michigan State, though. The Spartans still received the 29th-most votes of any team in the nation this week, plus their next of couple games are against two of the Big Ten's weaker teams this year, the Indiana Hoosiers and Iowa Hawkeyes.