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USA Today Coaches Poll: Michigan State Moves Up To 5th

The new USA Today Coaches poll was just released and Michigan State has moved up to No. 5 in the first of the college football rankings to be made public for Week 9.

Thanks to Oklahoma and LSU losing, the Spartans gained two spots right there. What's interesting is that the voters moved the Spartans ahead of Alabama, which was still ranked ahead of MSU in last week's poll. The top five of the poll is now nothing but undefeated teams, and the only team with a loss in the entire top eight is Alabama (ranked sixth).

Another interesting thing about this week's poll is that Michigan is ranked again, coming in at No. 25. The Wolverines dropped out of the rankings last week after a second-straight loss, but being on a bye put them into the top 25 with West Virginia and Texas dropping out. None of the Wolverines' wins look impressive at all (all five of the opponents in Michigan's victories lost on Saturday), but Michigan's two losses are to the No. 5 and No. 19 teams in the country. In that regard, Michigan has two of the better losses, which is why they were moved back into the top 25.

Here is the full USA Today Coaches Poll:

  1. Oregon (7-0)
  2. Boise State (6-0)
  3. Auburn (8-0)
  4. TCU (8-0)
  5. Michigan State (8-0)
  6. Alabama (7-1)
  7. Utah (7-0)
  8. Missouri (7-0)
  9. Wisconsin (7-1)
  10. Ohio State (7-1)
  11. Oklahoma (6-1)
  12. Nebraska (6-1)
  13. LSU (7-1)
  14. Stanford (6-1)
  15. Florida State (6-1)
  16. Arizona (6-1)
  17. South Carolina (5-2)
  18. Arkansas (5-2)
  19. Iowa (5-2)
  20. Oklahoma State (6-1)
  21. Virginia Tech (6-2)
  22. Miami (5-2)
  23. Mississippi State (6-2)
  24. Baylor (6-2)
  25. Michigan (5-2)