It has been a pattern for Michigan State in the past couple seasons -- accomplishing things not seen since the mid-1960s around East Lansing.
The Spartans accomplished another historic feat Tuesday as the final Associated Press rankings place them in the Top 5 for the second straight year, which had not been done since 1965-66 at MSU.
Michigan State finished No. 3 in last year's final AP poll after beating Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl to finish the season 13-1.
Back in 1965 and 1966, Michigan State finished ranked No. 2. This is the ninth time the Spartans finished ranked in the Top 5 to finish the season, with the others coming in the 1950s. MSU finished No. 2 in 1951, No. 1 in 1952, No. 3 in 1953, No. 2 in 1955 and No. 3 in 1957.