Stanford made it four in a row against the Trojans yesterday, and the win propelled the Cardinal to the top 10. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Everything went according to plan Saturday against UMass as Michigan ran away with a 50-point victory over the Minutemen. The offense put together 585 total yards, including a nearly 50/50 split in rush and pass yards at 6.8 yards per rush and 11.6 yards per pass play. Eight different players scored touchdowns in the game.
Defensively Michigan may have given up 259 yards in the game with over 3.1 yards per rush, but the Wolverines didn't allow an offensive touchdown and held UMass' two red zone possessions to field goals.
Still, after a wild day of finishes, Michigan finds itself taking a step back in the polls from 17th to 18th.
This isn't as much an indictment of Michigan's easy win, as it is a big shakeup that includes three teams making big upward moves after wins. Stanford's huge upset over USC has propelled the Cardinal into the top ten, Florida's win over Tennessee in Knoxville is enough to bump the Gators into the top 15, and Notre Dame's convincining victory over a previously top ten Michigan State team pushes the Irish up almost ten spots.
Michigan will have a major opportunity to make noise in the polls next week with a trip to South Bend.
See the full poll here.