This week the Spartans hosted the Boilermakers of Purdue University. Despite jumping out to a 21-0 lead, the Spartans had to hold on for the 24-21 victory. The Spartans were not the only team that struggled this week as there were several upsets and close calls among the top-25 Five teams in the top twenty-five were given their first losses of the season as the march to the playoff continues. Fifteen of the top-25 teams remain unbeaten. In last week’s AP poll the Big Ten Conference had four (4) teams listed in the top twenty-five (Ohio State [#1], Michigan State [#2], Northwestern [#17], and Wisconsin [#22]), but following the games this weekend, there could be quite the shake-up among the top-25.
Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University. Go Green!
The upsets this week included:
Ole Miss (#3) losing to Florida (#25).
Notre Dame (#6) losing to Clemson (#12) by only two (2) points.
UCLA (#7) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Georgia (#8) losing to Alabama (#13).
Wisconsin (#19) losing to unranked Iowa.
The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#1) defeating unranked Indiana by seven (7) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Purdue by only three (3) points.
Oklahoma State (#20) defeating unranked Kansas State by only two (2) points.
Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Texas A&M (#14) defeating Mississippi State (#21).
Oklahoma (#15) defeating West Virginia (#23).