MSU NOT favored by 5 over the Irish; Spartans move up to #15 The Enlightened Spartan: MSU NOT favored by 5 over the Irish; Spartans move up to #15

Monday, September 12, 2011

MSU NOT favored by 5 over the Irish; Spartans move up to #15

Michigan State, after its defensive-minded, dominating annihilation of Florida Atlantic, 44-0, now travels to take on 0-2 Notre Dame, which decided to fold about :23 seconds too soon in its 35-31 loss at Michigan last Saturday.

The 2-0 Spartans, which moved up to #15 in both the USA Today and AP Polls, open as 5-pt favorites UNDERDOGS (SEE POST BELOW) over the Irish in South Bend.   Iowa is favored by 3 at home over Pittsburgh; Michigan by 29 at home over EMU; JoePa by 9.5 at Temple; Wisky by 16 vs Northern Illinois (in Chicago); Minny by 3 home over Miami (Ohio); Nebraska by 17.5 home over Washington;  Arizona State by 1.5 at Illinois; Northwestern by 7 at Army;  Purdue v SE Missouri State and Indiana vs SC State have no line...

As for the Big Green, it moved up to #15.  Here's the USA Today poll for good measure:

USA Today Poll
1Oklahoma (44)1-01453
2Alabama (8)2-01410
3LSU (7)2-01372
4Boise State1-01214
5Florida State2-01211
7Oklahoma State2-01072
9Texas A&M1-01001
11South Carolina2-0863
12Virginia Tech2-0842
15Michigan State2-0639
16Ohio State2-0566
18Arizona State2-0353
20West Virginia2-0304
22South Florida2-0230
25Mississippi State1-1125

Dropped from rankings: Missouri 19, Penn State 20
Others receiving votes: Michigan 97, UCF 49, Houston 43, Northwestern 31, Penn State 29, North Carolina 23, Tennessee 21, Missouri 21, Georgia Tech 9, Maryland 9, Clemson 8, Washington 7, California 6, San Diego State 3, Georgia 2, Iowa State 2, Brigham Young 1