Michigan rises to No. 5 in both AP Poll and Coaches

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After a 21-7 rivalry win over Michigan State, Michigan has moved up to No. 5 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll.

It’s the Wolverines’ highest ranking of the season in both as they have risen up the polls throughout their seven game win streak. They came into the week ranked sixth by the AP and seventh by the Coaches but rose after a second consecutive ranked win.

Michigan is also the highest ranked Big Ten team for the first time in nearly two years after then-No. 2 Ohio State lost 49-20 to unranked Purdue on Saturday night. The Buckeyes’ loss also moves the Wolverines into first in the Big Ten East.

Because of Michigan’s upcoming bye week, their next game will be after the first College Football Playoff rankings are released on October 30. With Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame filling the top three spots, the committee will likely be deciding between Michigan and LSU for the fourth playoff spot in its first rankings.

Big Ten in AP Poll

5. Michigan (7-1, 5-0)

9. Ohio State (7-1, 4-1)

17. Penn State (5-2, 2-2)

18. Iowa (6-1, 3-1)

20. Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1)

Michigan vs AP Top 25

Wins

20. Wisconsin, home (Week 7)

Losses

3. Notre Dame, away (Week 1)

Remaining

17. Penn State (Week 10)

11. Ohio State (Week 13)


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