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Michigan Football: No. 4 in AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll

We look at the new polls

Another week, another Michigan victory, but yet another poll with Michigan remaining at No. 4 in the AP Top 25. However, Michigan did move up in the Coaches Poll to 4th.

Clemson leapfrogged Michigan in the AP after beating Louisville. The case can be made their win was more impressive than Michigan’s, but a case can also be made that Michigan faced an elite No. 8 team and took care of business.

Clemson gave up 36 points to Louisville, while Michigan proved they are one of the best defenses in the country. Clemson also narrowly avoided defeat in the final minute of the game, with Louisville a yard short of converting on fourth down.

In a sense, Michigan was penalized for having a close game against a top opponent, while Clemson was rewarded.

Louisville initially leapfrogged Michigan into the No. 3 spot after annihilating Florida State. FSU just lost again to North Carolina, which makes that victory less impressive looking back on it. I’d go so far as to say Michigan’s victory over now 4-1 No. 21 Colorado was just as or more impressive. They’re currently ranked above Florida State.

Here are the full lists for both the AP top 25 and the Coaches Poll

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Alabama (53)

2. Ohio State (6)

3. Clemson (1)

4. Michigan (1)

5. Washington

6. Houston

7. Louisville

8. Texas A&M

9. Tennessee

10. Miami (FL)

11. Wisconsin

12. Nebraska

13. Baylor

14. Ole Miss

15. Stanford

16. Arkansas

17. North Carolina

18. Florida

19. Boise State

20. Oklahoma

21. Colorado

22. West Virginia

23. Florida State

24. Utah

25. Virginia Tech

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Michigan
  5. Houston
  6. Washington
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Louisville
  9. Tennessee
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. Baylor
  12. Nebraska
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Stanford
  16. North Carolina
  17. Arkansas
  18. Florida
  19. Boise State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Florida State
  22. Oklahoma
  23. Colorado
  24. Utah
  25. Western Michigan