Michigan State held firm at No. 4 in the latest Land of 10 Power Poll after a 17-9 home win against Indiana on Saturday.
The No. 16 Spartans (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) trailed for much of the game before a fourth-quarter touchdown gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Michigan State allowed only 253 yards, moving into fourth place nationally in total defense.
Michigan State is one of four teams undefeated in Big Ten play. The other three — Penn State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — remain ahead in the poll.
Penn State remained atop the poll, Ohio State at No. 2 and Wisconsin at No. 3. Penn State and Wisconsin won on Saturday, and the Buckeyes were on a bye.
For the first time this year, mine and the overall poll mirrored each other. I put Michigan State at No. 4 and likely will keep it that way at least until one of the three teams above the Spartans loses.
For the Spartans to move up, they still need to put together a complete game. Their defense does it consistently, but the offense has been largely anemic. As a result, none of their four conference wins have come by double digits.
Next, Michigan State hits the road to face Northwestern on Saturday. ESPN will broadcast the game, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Land of 10 Power Poll
1. Penn State (13 first-place votes) … 169
2. Ohio State … 154
3. Wisconsin … 145
4. Michigan State … 130
5. Michigan … 114
6. Northwestern … 100
7. Iowa … 90
8. Indiana … 72
9. Maryland … 59
10. Minnesota … 47
11. Nebraska … 46
12. Rutgers … 30
13. Purdue … 25
14. Illinois … 2
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