If anyone in the family of Michigan State alumni knows a thing or two about handling expectations, it’s Magic Johnson. The Former Spartan guard and NBA Hall of Famer took to Twitter Tuesday night to congratulate his alma mater on its No. 3 standing in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.

Though excited, Johnson made sure to highlight the need to stay focused on the task at hand and not the rearview mirror.

“Block out all the fanfare and noise and concentrate on Purdue,” he said. The Spartans (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) travel to West Lafayette on Saturday to face the Boilermakers (5-3, 3-2) for a mid-day tilt on ABC. Sitting at No. 3, the Spartans currently control their own destiny, but only if they keep winning.

So far, so good, as coach Mel Tucker and his Spartans are coming off what was arguably a program-defining win over in-state rival Michigan. The Wolverines showed up at No. 7 in the initial CFP rankings, giving MSU an all-important top-10 win already in the bag. At one point trailing 30-14, MSU rallied to win 37-33 thanks in part to the play of stud running back Kenneth Walker III.

It’s that ground game that will look to play a big part down the stretch. Don’t overlook Purdue; the Boilermakers already took down then-No. 2 Iowa earlier in the year and are coming off a 28-23 road win over Nebraska.

To close out the year, MSU has games against No. 5 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) and Penn State (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten).

Everything’s still on the table for the Spartans this year.