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College Football Rankings: Michigan State Drops To 15th In USA Today Coaches Poll, 16th In AP Poll

Michigan State's loss to Iowa dropped the Spartans not only out of the top ten, but out of the top 15 in one of the new college football rankings. MSU went from being ranked No. 5 in the polls last week to being ranked 15th in the new USA Today Coaches Poll and 16th in the new AP Poll.

Here is a look at the USA Today Coaches Poll:

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

And here is the new AP Poll:

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

It's not clear how far the computer rankings will drop Michigan State, but the human polls have spoken, and they see MSU as a fringe top 15 team right now. What that means for the BCS is that the Spartans could drop all the way down to 15th, which I didn't expect to happen. If that turns out to be the case, then MSU will have a long climb ahead of them as they try to get back into the top ten of the BCS, which would improve their chances for an at-large BCS bid if they don't end up in the Rose Bowl