The Michigan Wolverines are facing the Georgia Bulldogs in a College Football Playoff semifinal game on New Year's Eve.
No. 6 Michigan stayed put in the rankings after its 21-17 win at Penn State last week.
#11 MSU defeated Rutgers University.
Michigan State entered the season as an afterthought. The Spartans are now knocking at the door for a Top 10 ranking.
The state assessment results come after a year and a half of disrupted learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.