ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan State put the squeeze on No. 2 Michigan in the early goings and in the final minutes of the Wolverines’ 32-23 win Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.
But Michigan did enough between those spots to stay No. 2 in national polls released Sunday. Once again, the Wolverines (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) is No. 2 in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll.
Up next? The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Previous rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 2/No. 2
New rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 2/No. 2
Last result: 32-23 win at Michigan State on Saturday to take back the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
What it means: Continue to win — and to find ways to win — and Michigan will remain near the top of the charts. Despite the Spartans’ late-game attempt at a rally Saturday, a smart play by Jabrill Peppers allowed the Wolverines to close out their eighth win and pad the margin of victory a bit.
After Nebraska’s overtime loss at Wisconsin on Saturday night, Michigan is the Big Ten’s only undefeated team and one of just five remaining undefeated FBS teams. The voters, if anything, didn’t hold a 9-point margin of victory against Michigan, despite the fact that its defense struggled to contain Michigan State on the opening drive and on the final drive.
However, the other undefeated teams also had narrow margins of victory: No. 3 Clemson defeated No. 19 Florida State 37-34 and No. 4 Washington defeated No. 16 Utah 31-24. (No. 1 Alabama and No. 17 Western Michigan had byes.)
Up next: Michigan hosts Maryland at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Michigan Stadium.