ANN ARBOR, Mich. — An upset of Michigan’s chief rival, combined with Michigan’s 41-8 win against Illinois on Saturday, has helped the Wolverines make another move in this week’s national polls.
The newest college football polls were released Sunday, and Michigan’s upwards jump follows Penn State’s 24-21 upset of Ohio State on Saturday night in State College, Pa.
Michigan (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten Conference) is No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and No. 2 in the USA Today Sports Coaches poll.
Michigan plays at noon EST on Saturday at Michigan State.
Previous rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 3/No. 4
New rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 2/No. 2
What it means: As long as Michigan keeps winning, it will solidify its place in the top four. Maybe even the top two. The wild card, though, is Alabama, which has set a certain standard in college football. At 8-0, the Crimson Tide has had a stranglehold on No. 1 this season.
This is the highest Michigan has been ranked since 2006, when it was No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll from the week of Oct. 15-21 to the week of Nov. 12-18 — the year Michigan and Ohio State met as the top two teams in the country.
Michigan and Nebraska are Big Ten’s only remaining undefeated teams, but Michigan’s margins of victory continue to give it an edge.
Up next: Michigan travels to East Lansing, Mich., to play Michigan State.