Pollin' It: Michigan Sitting At The Back End After A Chaotic Weekend

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Wolverines move back into the AP Poll at 24 while jumping to 23th in the Coaches Poll. Now, with the Harris Poll (Michigan is 22nd)

AP Poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 7-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (3) 7-0 1,427 2
3 Florida State (2) 6-0 1,395 5
4 Ohio State 7-0 1,309 4
5 Missouri 7-0 1,197 14
6 Baylor 6-0 1,189 12
7 Miami (FL) 6-0 1,130 10
8 Stanford 6-1 1,118 13
9 Clemson 6-1 927 3
10 Texas Tech 7-0 904 16
11 Auburn 6-1 867 24
12 UCLA 5-1 832 9
13 LSU 6-2 739 6
14 Texas A&M 5-2 683 7
15 Fresno State 6-0 550 17
16 Virginia Tech 6-1 509 19
17 Oklahoma 6-1 501 18
18 Louisville 6-1 428 8
19 Oklahoma State 5-1 382 21
20 South Carolina 5-2 381 11
21 UCF 5-1 345 NR
22 Wisconsin 5-2 258 25
23 Northern Illinois 7-0 220 23
24 Michigan 6-1 169 NR
25 Nebraska 5-1 117 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon State 79, Michigan State 73, Georgia 30, Mississippi 27, Florida 17, Washington 4, Utah 4, Texas 2, Ball State 1, Brigham Young 1

Coaches Poll

(USA Today is having technical problems, so chart this week)

1. Alabama (7-0) (57 first-place votes)

2. Oregon (7-0) (4)

3. Florida State (6-0) (1)

4. Ohio State (7-0)

5. Baylor (6-0)

6. Miami (Fla.) (6-0)

7. Missouri (7-0)

8. Stanford (6-1)

9. Texas Tech (7-0)

10. Clemson (6-1)

11. UCLA (5-1)

12. Oklahoma (6-1)

13. (tie) Oklahoma State (5-1)

13. (tie) LSU (6-2)

15. Texas A&M (5-2)

16. Louisville (6-1)

17. Auburn (6-1)

18. Fresno State (6-0)

19. Virginia Tech (6-1)

20. South Carolina (5-2)

21. Nebraska (5-1)

22. Northern Illinois (7-0)

23. Michigan (6-1)

24. Wisconsin (5-2)

25. Central Florida (5-1)

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That was quite a weekend, wasn't it?

Every year the status quo in college football can only hang on so long before everything falls apart.  Last weekend three unbeatens, including Michigan, went down, but that was only a prelude to this week's madness.  Five of the top ten lost, the SEC is in total disarray, and even the Big Ten saw some of its preconceived notions thrown out the window as Ohio State had to fight out a win late against Iowa and Northwestern lost to Minnesota.

The Big Ten has four teams in the polls.  Ohio State is fourth in both after being jumped (and deservedly so) by Florida State after the Noles took Clemson to the woodshed..

The other three teams are all in the 20-25 range:  Michigan (24/23), Wisconsin (22/24), and Nebraska (25/21).  Michigan State continues to lurk outside the top 25, but waiting until the 11th hour to enter the red zone against Purdue usually isn't a great way to bolster your standings in the eyes of pollsters.

Editor note: Bonus, Harris Poll time:

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (95) 7-0 2615
2 Oregon (8) 7-0 2520
3 Florida State (2) 6-0 2401
4 Ohio State 7-0 2321
5 Baylor 6-0 2038
6 Missouri 7-0 2026
7 Miami (FL) 6-0 2008
8 Stanford 6-1 1952
9 Texas Tech 7-0 1662
10 Clemson 6-1 1616
11 UCLA 5-1 1323
12 LSU 6-2 1212
13 Texas A&M 5-2 1177
14 Oklahoma 6-1 1110
15 Auburn 6-1 1105
16 Louisville 6-1 1046
17 Oklahoma State 5-1 951
18 Fresno State 6-0 920
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 841
20 South Carolina 5-2 673
21 Northern Illinois 7-0 518
22 Michigan 6-1 415
23 Nebraska 5-1 414
24 Wisconsin 5-2 281
25 Central Florida 5-1 238
Other teams receiving votes: Michigan State 196; Oregon State 168; Arizona State 124; Georgia 113; Notre Dame 61; Florida 30; Mississippi 21; Texas 14; Ball State 8; Houston 4; Washington 2; Boise State 1. Dropped out of Top 25: Georgia, Florida, Washington.

Not much different in this one.  The Big Ten's trailing three still sit in the 22-25 range and Ohio State is the fourth of four serious BCS title game challengers (as of now, but Baylor is probably going to have something to say about that soon).

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