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Unfair or just? Michigan falls to No. 19 in AP Top 25 Poll

A win didn’t help Michigan in the rankings

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan had an overtime victory against the Indiana Hoosiers to improve to 5-1 on the season, but the voters weren’t impressed. The Wolverines fell from No. 17 to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 Poll. However, they did rise one spot to No. 15 in the coaches poll.

While Michigan’s game wasn’t pretty in victory, they did tally up over 200 yards rushing on the day, and the defense had an impressive goal-line stand. Michigan may be getting penalized too much for their loss against Michigan State.

Let’s say Michigan didn’t lose against MSU, there’s no doubt that they wouldn’t have moved up yet again this week, albeit beating the Hoosiers in overtime. I expected Michigan to rise at least a few spots in the ranks, I was wrong, but that doesn’t make the votes tallied correct either. This is subjective, but it’s head-scratching to see Michigan move down and not crack their way into the top 15. If Wisconsin can move up after struggling against Purdue, Michigan should have been able to move up as well. The same goes for Oklahoma, who moved up three spots after barely winning against unranked Texas.

Ultimately, rankings revealed in mid-October don’t matter much, if Michigan can take care of business and win the games on their schedule, an excellent final ranking will be awarded.

Other notable rankings:

  • Penn State is now No. 2 in the AP Top 25, Wisconsin is No. 5, Ohio State is No. 6
  • Michigan State moved ahead of Michigan in the AP Poll, sitting at No. 18