ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two days after a 78-0 romp at Rutgers, Michigan remained among the nation’s top 4 teams when the newest college football polls were released Monday.
Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) remains No. 4 in both the AP and Coaches polls, released a day late due to Hurricane Matthew forcing games to Sunday last weekend.
Against the Scarlet Knights on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J., four players each scored at least two touchdowns — Karan Higdon, Jabrill Peppers, Ty Isaac and Khalid Hill (who scored three) — and freshman running back Chris Evans led all rushers with 153 yards on 11 carries.
Michigan’s defense limited Rutgers to total 39 yards, including 5 passing yards on a combined 2-for-18 effort by quarterbacks Chris Laviano and Zach Allen.
Previous rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 4/No. 4
New rankings (AP/Coaches): No. 4/No. 4
Last result: Beat Rutgers, 78-0, on Oct. 8
What it means: Michigan just keeps winning, but then again, so do the teams directly above and below the Wolverines in the polls. Houston’s loss on Saturday knocked the Cougars from the top 5 in the Coaches Poll, but all that did was move Washington, a 70-21 winner at Oregon, up one spot. At this point, Michigan cannot realistically rely on other teams to do any work for the Wolverines — i.e., to lose a game in order to help Michigan’s standing in the weekly polls. Michigan must simply continue to win, and to win soundly, in a schedule that includes Illinois, Maryland and Indiana in its final six weeks. If that happens, it will all come down to Nov. 26 at Ohio State.