Where MSU, every Big Ten team lands in ESPN’s opening SP+ rankings for 2023 season

We are still months away from the opening kickoff, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to the 2023 season.

As part of that process, Bill Connelly of ESPN has released his first batch of SP+ projections and rankings for the 2023 season. Connelly’s SP+ rankings are “a predictive measure of the most sustainable and predictable aspects of football, not a résumé ranking, and, along those same lines, these projections aren’t intended to be a guess at what the AP Top 25 will look like at the end of the year.”

So where does the data think Michigan State will finish in the Big Ten next year? Let’s take a look at where each Big Ten team is ranked in the league and nationally in the initial SP+ rankings.


Big Ten ranking: No. 14

National ranking: No. 89


Big Ten ranking: No. 13

National ranking: No. 83


Big Ten ranking: No. 12

National ranking: No. 64


Big Ten ranking: No. 11

National ranking: No. 49


Big Ten ranking: No. 10

National ranking: No. 48

Michigan State

Big Ten ranking: No. 9

National ranking: No. 47


Big Ten ranking: No. 8

National ranking: No. 44


Big Ten ranking: No. 7

National ranking: No. 41


Big Ten ranking: No. 6

National ranking: No. 30


Big Ten ranking: No. 5

National ranking: No. 27


Big Ten ranking: No. 4

National ranking: No. 25

Penn State

Big Ten ranking: No. 3

National ranking: No. 5


Big Ten ranking: No. 2

National ranking: No. 3

Ohio State

Big Ten ranking: No. 1

National ranking: No. 2

Complete rankings

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