ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan needed a pair of fourth-quarter catches to seal a 14-7 win Saturday against Wisconsin, and a day later, to remain in the top five in the newest top-25 national polls, released Sunday.
Michigan is No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and No. 4 in the USA Today Sports Coaches poll.
Against the now-No. 11 Badgers, Amara Darboh’s 46-yard touchdown catch with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter broke a 7-7 tie, and Jourdan Lewis’ interception with less than three minutes left helped Michigan (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten Conference) remain undefeated.
Previous rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 4/No. 5
New rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 4/No. 4
Last result: A 14-7 victory over Wisconsin
What it means: Michigan’s close win against Wisconsin didn’t help its cause, but didn’t hurt it, either. Michigan is locked into the top five for the time being, and many teams are shuffling around the Wolverines — look at Clemson’s win against Louisville, which leapfrogged the Tigers from No. 5 to No. 3, not allowing any room for movement for Michigan.
For Michigan to remain a top-five team, it needs to continue its run of dominance, as well as its resourcefulness in close games like the win against Wisconsin.
Up next: Michigan faces Rutgers at 7 p.m. Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.