Michigan State rose to No. 4 and Iowa rose to No. 16 when the latest AP poll was released on Monday.
Denzel Valentine is officially back for the Spartans.
No, bowl season was not an unmitigated disaster for the Big Ten.
Beating two top-15 teams in a week generally means a rise in the rankings.
With its recent history of success against highly ranked teams, Michigan State’s status as a big underdog heading into the Cotton Bowl seemed a little strange.