ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan will open its Big Ten schedule against Purdue as the No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll. The Wolverines also came in at No. 8 in the latest Coaches Poll. That’s one spot down in each poll from last week.
For the bulk of Saturday’s 29-13 win against Air Force, the Michigan football team’s scoring offense was limited to field goals and a special-teams touchdown.
Finally, with about a minute left in the game, Michigan running back Karan Higdon put the offense on the board with a 36-yard touchdown run to seal the win.
Higdon helped Michigan to a 3-0 record, which helped Michigan remain in the top 10 in the weekly college football polls.
Quarterback Wilton Speight completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards, while Ty Isaac ran for 89 yards on 16 carries in Saturday’s win against Air Force. Quinn Nordin kicked five field goals, including a 49-yard kick, and tied a school record for field goals in a game.
Previous rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 7/7
New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 8/8
What it means: Right now, it seems as if only a loss will knock the Wolverines from the top 10 in the polls. Michigan again entered Saturday’s game against Air Force as a heavy favorite, but its offense still needs consistency as it prepares to open its conference schedule at Purdue. The Wolverines finished 0 for 4 in the red zone in touchdown attempts, and had trouble finding a definite rhythm in its offense, despite finishing with 359 yards against the Falcons. The bottom line is that Michigan simply needs to keep winning in order to remain a top-10 team in the eyes of the poll voters.
What’s next: Michigan (3-0) hosts Purdue (2-1) Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. (4 p.m. ET, FOX).