MICHIGAN STATE NOT IMPRESSING
No. 2 Michigan State was up 21-0 on Purdue at halftime and all seemed well. But here’s what the Spartans did on their second-half drives: three and out, fumble, missed field goal, field goal, punt.
Purdue, meanwhile, cut the lead to 24-21 before taking possession late with a chance to tie. But Michigan State broke up Purdue’s last-ditch pass on fourth down, and Sparty fans were able to breathe a sign of relief.
Still, it’s another sign that maybe Michigan State is slightly undeserving of its ranking, which it attained with a 31-28 win over Oregon on Sept. 12. Since then, the Ducks were exposed by Utah in a 62-20 loss last weekend while the Spartans have labored to wins over Air Force, Central Michigan and now Purdue (combined record of 4-8, and the Chippewas and Boilermakers have not beaten an FBS team).
So don’t be surprised if No. 4 TCU, which routed Texas, 50-7, on Saturday, leapfrogs (heh) the Spartans when the next poll comes out.