Penn State up to No. 3 in AP poll

Posted October 09, 2017

Michigan is a heavy favorite against Michigan State. And, in a big way. Washington State (6-0) is so legit, is it wrong to dream of the Cougs in a late-November Apple Cup matchup with fellow unbeaten Washington? "It's something Coach (Mark) Dantonio preaches all the time". Lots of blame to go around here on that matter, but let's be honest - this was not the first time this season Michigan's play-calling has had to be questioned. While its teams have featured dynamic defenses and explosive offenses the last few seasons, MI has fallen short in the Jim Harbaugh era, and this year looks no different.

Michigan's defense has been so dominant this season, it survived the loss to Michigan State with its No. 1 ranking still in tact. The Spartans were able to bounce back after a blowout loss to Notre Dame in Week 4.

You can't fall behind 14-3 when you know the flood is coming in the second half.

Georgia moved up one spot to No. 4 and Washington also advanced one to No. 5. It will be fun to watch this team develop. MSU's defense is holding opponents to 18 points and 248.3 yards per game, including just 96 rushing yards per game.

Taking care of the football was very hard for MI against the Spartans, who recovered two fumbles and forced five turnovers.

Again and again and again and again and again. It's a little bit of all those things."We're not a suffocating defense where we take every yard away". The routine play turned out to be anything but as punter Blake O'Neill failed to handle the snap and Jalen Watts-Jackson grabbed the ball out of the air with his right hand, cradled it to his body and ran it into the end zone to give Michigan State the 27-23 victory.

Lewerke was 11 of 22 for 94 yards and a TD and ran 15 times for 61 yards and another score. MI receiver Grant Perry led all receivers with five catches and 61 yards receiving. When will backs like LJ Scott and Madre London play bigger roles?

The Spartans are who they are, and that was good enough to upset MI again. They've been doing that since 2007, and that's why Michigan State is 8-3 in games involving the Paul Bunyan Trophy under Dantonio.

However, Penn State coach James Franklin has yet to beat MI.

That had been a theme all season, and Wilton Speight's potential season-ending injury doesn't change that. When will he be back? He completed 16 of 35 passes for 198 yards.

"It was different", O'Korn said. Senior Brittany Basinger (Purcellville, Va.) also added a point to the senior tally with an assist on the first Schafer goal, while Marissa Sheva (Sellersville, Pa.) and Laura Freigang (Oppenheim, Germany) had one assist apiece. Here's a look at this week's AP Poll winners and losers. Yes, the defense is legit.

A big storyline leading up to this contest involves the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines. They didn't on this night vs. MSU. Well, if it's going to send a team to the College Football Playoff, it will probably be TCU.