Let’s not call it another sign of disrespect. It’s just a bunch of lists, after all.
But, in sizing up the College Football Playoff participants, Michigan State doesn’t appear to have a top dog anywhere, according to The Sporting News.
The website ranked 10 “College Football Playoff superlatives” on Tuesday, from each team’s quarterback to each team’s coach to each team’s fight song.
Michigan State was the only one of the four that didn’t stake a claim to No. 1 in any category.
Not at quarterback. That went to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Connor Cook was No. 3.
Definitely not at running back, which went to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama. Michigan State freshman LJ Scott, part of a backfield-by-committee, was fourth.
Not at receiver, either. That went to Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard, who finished one spot ahead of Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge.
Mark Dantonio, meanwhile, finished third among coaches behind No. 1 Nick Saban and Bob Stoops, who have five national titles between them.
Even Sparty was second in the mascot category, behind Oklahoma’s Boomer and Sooner.
Who’s No. 1 will be decided on the field, obviously, when Michigan State and Alabama meet in the Cotton Bowl, and Clemson and Alabama square off in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve, with the winners playing Jan. 11 in Glendale, Arizona.
“Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State all have the capability to win the national championship,” Bill Bender of The Sporting News wrote.