On Saturday, most of the teams in the Associated Press top 10 handled their business as only the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes managed to lose.
With the loss, the Buckeyes dropped nine spots to No. 11 in the latest rankings.
In other Big Ten play, No. 6 Michigan went into East Lansing and absolutely destroyed the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines moved up to No. 5 in the latest poll.
Here is a look at the rest of the Associated Press College Football Top 25 for Week 9.
11. Ohio State
13. West Virginia
14. Washington State
16. Texas A&M
17. Penn State
21. South Florida
22. North Carolina State
25. Appalachian State (!!!)
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) October 21, 2018
The pride came before the fall for Mark Dantonio’s Spartans in 21-7 loss to Michigan
Mark Dantonio is the master of using bulletin board material to help motivate his football team. In fact, I would be willing to bet he had a plethora of material that he presented to his team prior to their matchup on Saturday against their biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines. One of his goals is to convince his players (and probably himself) that they are being unrightfully disrespected by their opponents on a weekly basis.
Who can blame Dantonio for using this strategy? After all, he has won multiple Big 10 titles, beat Michigan in 8 of the past 10 matchups heading into Saturday, and he even found a way to get the Spartans to a College Football Playoff.
But on Saturday, Dantonio made a huge mistake and his team would end up paying for it in a big way.
You see, during warmups, the Spartans were reportedly about 10 minutes late coming out onto the field. When the finally arrived, some of the Michigan players were already going through some of their own warmups around midfield.
This is when Spartans players got in a line and locked arms before beginning their 100-yard walk across the field. While they did this, Dantonio walked about five yards behind them.
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