Dienhart: Michigan State is back, following its latest win vs. rival Michigan


Baker Mayfield planted Oklahoma's flag at midfield in Columbus, Ohio, when the Sooners upset Ohio State.

Stock down: Oklahoma. The Sooners weren't almost as fortunate, dropping a home contest to unranked Iowa State for their first loss. I'm the kind of guy who is watching basketball at 7 PM and then watching tennis at 1 A.M.

Both sides played their backup quarterbacks in this one and only one side survived it.

Now that they are back among the ranked teams in the AP Top 25, Michigan State will be on high alert moving forward. "I wouldn't get too anxious".

The first prime-time matchup between bitter rivals Michigan and Michigan State drew the weekend's best TV ratings for college football, dominated by the metro Detroit numbers. I am willing to admit I perhaps have MI a touch too high still.

Even though MI looked like a team building for 2018 because of all the key players gone from past year, the Wolverines owned high expectations to win now, too. One also has to assume that MI will get a big energy boost from the home crowd and will use it to outlast their in-state rival.

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Iowa State plants the flag at Oklahoma. London later broke a 50-yard run that put Michigan State in position to push the Wolverines from their heels to their backsides before halftime. Maybe, by transitive property, I should have punished MI more. I don't know if we're there yet, but we're 4-1.

The top two teams in the Week 7 AP Poll didn't change from last week, as Alabama and Clemson held serve. They remain No. 1 on my ballot. They didn't on this night vs. MSU. When you do that to a team who has their back against the wall, it's something you can't do.

As usual, the number in parentheses indicates last week's ranking, if it's different than this week's.

U-M moved the ball easily on its opening drive, marching 64 yards in 16 plays that took 6:56 off the clock.

Movers: Wisconsin is up from 13 to 8, partially because I think I've been a little tough on the Badgers. "Madre had some really nice plays". That was a pretty solid road win at Nebraska, too. The Wolverines were ranked No. 7 but dropped 10 spots to No. 17 after the shocking defeat. However, it was not his arm that was most effective in the game. MI stayed a spot ahead of them because Michigan's loss was not almost as bad.

Georgia moved up one spot to No. 4 and Washington also advanced one to No. 5. The game will have a major factor into the Big Ten East division race and even the College Football Playoff race. But that's with the benefit of hindsight and a fresh pair of eyes on my ballot a few days later. At Oregon State, Minnesota had a fourth-quarter drive that was 15 plays (all rushes), covered 77 yards and lasted a whopping 9:24.