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FanPulse: Optimistic Michigan fans still the minority after blowout win over Rutgers

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Fan confidence took a big jump this week, but that was always going to happen after hitting rock bottom.

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Optimism is back on the rise in Ann Arbor after Michigan football’s blowout win over Rutgers over the weekend, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

The latest batch of SB Nation FanPulse results are in after counting up your ballots from over the weekend on both this week’s top 25 and also your confidence in where the program is heading. It’s as easy as signing up here, and bang, the survey will come to you each week and you get to represent Maize n Brew and the Michigan community in the only weekly college football poll that now matters (editorializing here, admittedly).

Here’s your updated top 25 after compiling the votes and ballots from SB Nation’s college team sites. For the first time all season, we have ourselves a new No. 1 team.

Ours, of course, is always a little bit different based on your responses. Here is the ballot that was sent in representing Maize n Brew from your feedback to the survey.

  1. Alabama (up one spot from last week)
  2. Clemson (down one spot)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State (up one spot)
  5. LSU (down one spot)
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Notre Dame (up one spot)
  10. Florida (down one spot)
  11. Penn State (up one spot)
  12. Texas (down one spot)
  13. Oregon
  14. Iowa (up one spot)
  15. Boise State (up three spots)
  16. Washington (up seven spots)
  17. Michigan (up four spots)
  18. Utah (down four spots)
  19. Cal (up six spots)
  20. Virginia (up four spots)
  21. UCF (down two spots)
  22. USC (down two spots)
  23. Texas A&M (down seven spots)
  24. Michigan State (down seven spots)
  25. Kansas State (not ranked last week)

As far as confidence rating goes, the blowout win over Rutgers brought a lot of fans back on board, but the optimism is still a slight minority of the fanbase with 46 percent of the vote feeling positive. However, this is a major step up from last week’s 12.7 percent.

This week’s ballot also featured a question as to which school will be making a coaching change first. This was before the news that Rutgers would fire Chris Ash dropped, so congrats to those voters for being right.

For those of you not familiar with this initiative and want to get involved, and please do, you can signup for the SB Nation FanPulse poll here. The surveys will go out once all of the games have concluded and the ballot is ready to roll.