ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan had to hold off a feisty Cincinnati team to open the season 2-0, and it factored into Michigan’s move in the polls.
Michigan remains in the Top 10, however; the Wolverines open Week 3 of college football season at No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Michigan defeated Cincinnati 36-14, but held only a 3-point lead less than four minutes into the fourth quarter. The Wolverines fumbled the ball three times, losing two, and lost 68 yards on seven penalties against the Bearcats.
Previous rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 8/8
New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 7/7
What it means: The Wolverines entered Saturday’s game as a heavy favorite against Cincinnati, but struggled at one point not only to produce its own offense, but to thwart an upstart Bearcats team. What will keep Michigan in the top 10 is a resounding win against Air Force on Saturday, which could be a tough task against the Falcons’ triple-option offense.
What’s next: Michigan (2-0) hosts Air Force (1-0) Saturday at Michigan Stadium (noon ET, Big Ten Network).