ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Following its first loss in nearly a year, many anticipated Michigan to tumble in this week’s two national polls that were released Sunday.
But the tumble was more like a drop, the Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) sitting at No. 4 in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after their 14-13 loss Saturday night at Iowa on a last-second field goal by Keith Duncan.
What was surprising was that Michigan wasn’t the only previously undefeated team to lose: Pittsburgh beat No. 3 Clemson 43-42 — also on a field goal, with six seconds left — and USC upset No. 4 Washington 26-13.
Michigan is No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, which will be updated Tuesday.
Previous rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 2/No. 3
New rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 4/No. 4
What it means: Michigan’s loss to Iowa made the path to the College Football Playoff a little more complicated, but also a little more clear-cut. Michigan essentially needs to win out — defeat Indiana on Saturday, win at Ohio State on Nov 26 and win the Big Ten title game Dec. 3.
Ohio State, meanwhile, is at No. 2 in both of Sunday’s national polls.
All of it sounds daunting, but then so is going undefeated in a college football season.
WHAT. A. SATURDAY!
For the first time since 1985, No. 2, 3 & 4 all lost on the same day. pic.twitter.com/4OU25ch8bN
— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) November 13, 2016
Two undefeated teams are left in college football: Alabama, the lone unbeaten of the Power Five teams, and Western Michigan of the Group of Five and Mid-American Conference.
Up next: Michigan hosts Indiana (5-5, 3-4) at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Michigan Stadium.