Spartans favored by 3-1/2 over the Corn; move up to #16 in BCS The Enlightened Spartan: Spartans favored by 3-1/2 over the Corn; move up to #16 in BCS

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Spartans favored by 3-1/2 over the Corn; move up to #16 in BCS

The Big Green soundly defeated Bye this week, vaulting to #14 in the Associated Press poll, and #16 in the BCS.  Next up:  at Nebraska, a team Michigan State has never defeated in seven tries.  The ES says:  bring it on.  If State is to advance to the Big Ten title game, it has to win these tough tests on the road.  Timing is very good, with the Spartan defense surging and the offense with Connor Cook improving.  MSU and Nebraska will kickoff this Saturday at 3:30 pm ET on ABC.

As such, the #14 Spartans are early 3-1/2 point favorites at Nebraska.  Other odds (the ES is using the early "Open" line from Vegas Insider), include: Wisconsin by 18-1/2 hosting Indiana; Penn State by 20-1/2 hosting Purdue; Michigan by 1 at Northwestern (although the alternate line shows NW by 3); Ohio State by 32 at Illinois.

Below is the AP Poll.

AP Top 25
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Alabama (56)9-01472
2Florida State (3)9-01418
3Ohio State9-01310
4Baylor8-01303
5Stanford8-11272
6Oregon8-11139
7Auburn9-11109
8Clemson8-11049
9Missouri9-11012
10Texas A&M8-2909
11South Carolina7-2857
12Oklahoma State8-1780
13UCLA7-2669
14Michigan State8-1633
15UCF7-1596
16Fresno State9-0588
17Wisconsin7-2503
18LSU7-3470
19Louisville8-1467
20Northern Illinois9-0396
21Arizona State7-2362
22Oklahoma7-2285
23Texas7-2185
24Miami (FL)7-2121
25Georgia6-378
  • Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 24, Texas Tech 25
  • Others receiving votes: Ole Miss 68, Minnesota 60, Nebraska 16, Duke 11, USC 10, Washington 9, Ball State 7, Virginia Tech 5, Brigham Young 3, Notre Dame 2, Houston 1
And, below are the BCS standings, notably sans Michigan, sans Notre Dame, sans Southern Cal, and sans Florida.  Thank goodness.   Big Green is at #16. 

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RKTEAMAVGPVSRKPTS%RK PTS%AVG A&HRBCMKMJSPW%
1Alabama.99581126251.000011546.99741112121.990
2Florida State.9619222514.957721485.95812221212.970
3Ohio State.8926432373.904031401.90394444653.870
4Stanford.8689552240.853351307.84323533334.910
5Baylor.8618642304.877741376.88775365748.820
6Oregon.7665361968.749771162.74976658576.800
7Auburn.7206991843.702191069.68977886485.770
8Clemson.7200771940.739061164.7510997910139.670
9Missouri.7118881855.706781083.698787107897.730
10South Carolina.558412121417.539812830.53551010912131012.600
11Texas A&M.547315101582.602711898.579413151613121714.460
12Oklahoma State.467114111545.588610965.622622142018NR2225.190
13UCLA.454819161026.390915641.413511131317111111.560
14Fresno State.431716131124.428214646.416814171711251213.450
15Northern Illinois.35051818825.314321445.28711424122017610.450
16Michigan State.341717151090.415216620.400021182115222322.210
17UCF.34112119791.301319468.301916161114191616.420
18Oklahoma.29261020732.278917510.32901712151623NR23.270
19Arizona State.28332222475.181022262.16901211231091815.500
20Louisville.280620141104.420613653.421328NR18NRNRNRNR.000
21LSU.27571317919.350118476.307124NR19NR162121.170
22Wisconsin.26122421674.256820460.2968182222NR181918.230
23Miami (FL).14711123457.174123228.14712521NR2121NR24.120
24Texas.1092NR24247.094124176.1135252014242424NR.120
25Georgia.0857NR25102.0389NR44.028422192422152520.190

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