After a 42-7 blowout of no. 21 Penn State, Michigan has moved into the top four of the AP and Coaches’ Polls for the first time since 2016.
The Wolverines opened the season ranked 14th in both before dropping to no. 21 in the AP and no. 22 in the Coaches’ with their season-opening loss to Notre Dame.
Since then, Michigan has made a steady climb up the rankings. The Wolverines’ biggest leap was after their 38-13 win over Wisconsin in week 8, when they rose from 12 to 6 in the AP and 13 to 7 in the Coaches’. Last week’s first College Football Playoff rankings had Michigan at fifth but the Wolverines are expected to move into the playoff spots after no. 3 LSU lost 29-0 to no. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Big Ten in AP Poll
4. Michigan (8-1, 6-0)
8. Ohio State (8-1, 5-1)
21. Penn State (6-3, 3-3)
24. Michigan State (6-3, 4-2)
Michigan vs AP Top 25
21. Penn State, home (Week 10)
24. Michigan State, away (Week 8)
2. Notre Dame, away (Week 1)
8. Ohio State (Week 13)
College Football Playoff
Michigan ranked No. 4 in the CFP rankings, the same as it ranked in both other polls. The rankings were announced Monday night on ESPN.
The Wolverines would face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals if the playoffs were this week. No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame would face in the other.
“Michigan’s going to the playoff,” ESPN’s Rece Davis said.
Added ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit: “I have no problem with these four teams.”
The Wolverines are being chased by No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma.