Spartans drop one spot in AP Top 25 poll

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Joe Dandron, Sports Director

EAST LANSING, Mich, – The Associated Press released its weekly rankings yesterday and Michigan State found itself dropping one spot on Tuesday afternoon as many Big Ten teams remain in the weekly top 25 rankings.

The Spartans dropped one slot to No. 19 after being No. 18 heading into week one against Tulsa. Even after a defense-driven 28-7 win over Tulsa, the Green and White found themselves closer to dropping out then staying in the poll.

The team’s rushing defense held Tulsa to -73 rushing yards and the Golden Hurricane only gained a total of 80 yards of offense in the ballgame.

Kenny Willekes/Photo: MSU Athletic Communications

MSU was leapfrogged by Wisconsin in week two, as the Badgers are now No. 17 after coming in at No. 19 in the preseason poll.

Other Big Ten schools: Penn State (No. 15), Iowa (No. 20), Michigan (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 5) stayed put. Nebraska dropped one spot to No. 25 as it prepares to take on unranked Colorado on the road.

Injury Updates and Depth Chart

The Spartans are a little banged up, especially along the offensive line. Here are some notable injuries and player updates for MSU heading into week two.

  • Long snapper Ryan Armour: out indefinitely with a knee/lower leg injury
  • Offensive linemen Cole Chewins: day-to-day, undisclosed injury
Cole Chewins/Photo: MSU Athletic Communications

In terms of the depth chart, the biggest changes are also along the offensive line. Kevin Jarvis, who spent much of last season at right guard, is in the starting slot at left tackle. He is replacing A.J. Arcuri, who sat out last week’s game against Tulsa with an undisclosed injury after being named the starter on paper.

 

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