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Oct 27, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio answers questions during the post game press conference following the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Michigan State defeated Wisconsin 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Media softens up about the Spartans

Here is some bright news: I found one person who doesn’t hate the Spartans.

College football expert Steve Greenberg of AOL’s Sporting News was impressed with Michigan State’s win over Wisconsin on the road last Saturday.

In his Big Ten power rankings, he ranked the Spartans at No. 7, which was just ahead of Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.

“In a season filled with low points, the Spartans pulled off an overtime winner at Wisconsin in Week 9—thoroughly satisfying revenge for last year’s loss in the Big Ten title game,” Greenberg wrote on Tuesday. “What a follow-up a victory in East Lansing over Legends Division leader Nebraska would be.”

You know something? He’s right.

The Spartans need to follow up last Saturday’s upset victory with a second win against the Cornhuskers this weekend. Everyone predicted MSU to be special this year, but, at many instances, the team has been everything but.

If Michigan State can string together a couple of wins against respectable opponents, not only will it become bowl eligible, but it will put some faith back into its fans who completely wrote off this team after the loss to Michigan.

Greenberg ranked Ohio State No. 1, which was an obvious pick. However, he followed Ohio State with Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Penn State ranked just behind the Buckeyes.

The most interesting storyline in the Legends Division going forward will be whether Nebraska trips and allows the Wolverines to get back in the race for the division title or not. Something tells me that Michigan has what it takes to rebound, win out the rest of its schedule and make an appearance in the Big Ten title game. However, I have been proved wrong many times this season.

(H/T Steve Greenberg, Big Ten Power Rankings Week 10: Ohio State separates from pack).

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