Following their signature victory on the road at #3 Ohio State last week, the Spartans climbed to #5 in the College Football Playoff rankings. In this, the final week of the regular season, there are plenty of games of significant importance, so hang on, this could get interesting. Michigan State ended the Big Ten regular season at home this week hosting the Nittany Lions of Penn State. The Spartans won easily and will now head to the Big Ten Conference Championship game next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to face the undefeated Hawkeyes of Iowa. There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Clemson and Iowa) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10): Iowa [#4], Michigan State [#5], Ohio State [#8], Michigan [#10], and Northwestern [#16].
Next up for the Spartans: the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference Championship game on Saturday! Go Green!
The upsets this week included:
Notre Dame (#6) losing to Stanford (#9) by two (2) points.
Baylor (#7) losing to TCU (#19) in overtime.
Florida (#12) losing to Florida State (#13).
Navy (#15) losing to unranked Houston.
Washington State (#20) losing to unranked Washington.
UCLA (#22) losing to unranked USC.
Toledo (#24) losing to unranked Western Michigan by five (5) points.
The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#1) defeating unranked South Carolina by five (5) points.
Utah (#23) defeating unranked Colorado by six (6) points.
Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#3) defeating Oklahoma State (#11).
Ohio State (#8) defeating Michigan (#10).
Ole Miss (#18) defeating Mississippi State (#21).