Despite Minnesota Win, Michigan Drops One Spot in S&P+ Rankings


Michigan escaped Minneapolis with a 29-26 win over the Gophers, but the Wolverines didn't play well. And the new S&P+ rankings, which evaluates teams based on play-by-play data and adjusts for opponents, reflect that. Michigan dropped one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 and now sit behind Clemson and Alabama. Ohio State and Baylor round out the top five.

Also, despite allowing 461 total yards and 6.8 yards per play to Minnesota, Michigan's defense remains the top unit in the country. But that gap between it and the second-ranked defense (Boston College) is much smaller than it was last week.