All any team can do is beat whichever team is in front of them, right?
Sure. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a team will automatically move up in the weekly polls just by winning. Michigan is the latest victim of this.
The Week 7 AP Top 25 had Michigan ranked as the No. 17 team in the country. This was coming off the Wolverines’ loss to Michigan State the Saturday prior.
After the loss to the Spartans, the Wolverines responded with a 27-20 overtime victory on the road against Indiana. The Week 8 AP Poll then came out and the Wolverines dropped from No. 17 — and ahead of then-ranked No. 21 Michigan State — to No. 19, which is behind now-ranked No. 18 Michigan State.
As one would imagine, Michigan’s players weren’t exactly pleased by the dip in the polls.
“We noticed that, that we moved from 17 to 19,” sophomore defensive back Khaleke Hudson said. “We just keep saying, we’re going to win games, and it’s going to move down if we keep winning.”
Junior defensive back Tyree Kinnel just wants to prove people wrong.
“We see it come out and getting dropped two spots after a win … we don’t keep it on our mind,” Kinnel said. “We pay attention to it. We do want to prove everyone wrong and show the country we can beat Penn State this Saturday.”
Senior defensive lineman Chase Winovich thinks the whole situation is funny.
“It’s funny that we could win and still move down,” Winovich said. “I was going to tweet something out about that but then I decided, you know, rein it back in and not do that. Nothing crazy, but you know, ‘Laugh Out Loud.’ It’s just funny to me that we could win and still move down. I want to know how often that happens.”
Winovich, who was a recruit from the Class of 2014, also talked a bit about Penn State during his recruiting process.
The Wolverines face the Nittany Lions at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. The game will be televised on ABC and College GameDay will be visiting Penn State Saturday.
“I didn’t give [Penn State] too much of my time because I felt, at least, their coach, [Bill] O’Brien, it was at the time, was planning on leaving,” Winovich said. “I kind of felt like he wasn’t going to be there that long. And everything that was going on with the [Jerry] Sandusky stuff, I don’t know. It was just like, for me, like, signing up to be a Penn State football player, it kind of associated myself with that. That’s just something I had to live with. For me, it was a personal decision and I just said, ‘I don’t want to put myself in that scenario.’
“They didn’t offer my brother [Peter, who played at Bowling Green] coming out of high school. We have a picture of my siblings with Joe Pa glasses. But they didn’t offer my brother, so, yeah, it’s kind of personal for me. It’s almost like, ‘the Winovich’s weren’t good enough.’ ”