Analysis: Michigan, back at No. 14, has a clean slate

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The AP Poll released on Sunday afternoon and ranked Michigan at No. 14, the same ranking it had in the preseason poll.

Following a 46-point victory over Nebraska at home, the Wolverines soared five spots from No. 19 — a ranking it held in consecutive weeks.

The five-spot rise was the largest jump (tied with Miami) of any teams ranked last week. The biggest jump overall was Kentucky going from unranked to No. 17.

The past three weeks have been — for the most part — the perfect scenario for Michigan following the Week 1 loss to Notre Dame. It hasn’t been in a position to lose once. It opened up the offense and scored points. The turnovers were limited on offense and consistent on defense. The vulnerabilities showed in pass coverage against SMU, but that same unit shut down a talented Nebraska quarterback with a future NFL receiver in Stanley Morgan.

Once again, Michigan controls its destiny despite that Week 1 loss that stung this team’s reputation for the better part of three weeks. It’s simple: Win and you’re in. There’s no hoping for one team to lose, but there’s no room to lose another — then you’ll have to hope for a conference foes to lose.

Let’s take a look at the impact of this week’s AP Top 25.

Big Ten in AP Poll

4. Ohio State (Last week: 4)

9. Penn State (10)

14. Michigan (19)

15. Wisconsin (18)

21. Michigan State (24)

Michigan vs AP Top 25

Wins

None.

Losses

8. Notre Dame, away (Week 1)

Remaining

15. Wisconsin, home (Week Seven)

21. Michigan State, away (Week Eight)

9. Penn State (Week 10)

4. Ohio State (Week 13)


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