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Michigan is No. 1 in AP Poll for the first time since the 1997 season

The Wolverines have moved into the top spot in the latest AP Poll.

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Adam Childs Adam is a freelance writer for MaizeNBrew and is a lifelong Michigan fan.

The Michigan Wolverines are at the top of the AP Poll for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. Following Georgia’s loss to Alabama, the Wolverines moved up to the top spot after beating Iowa, 26-0, in the Big Ten Championship.

The Wolverines earned 51 first-place votes and are 40 points ahead of No. 2 Washington, which received the other 11 first-place votes after beating Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.

Texas moved up four spots to No. 3 after defeating Oklahoma State, 49-21, in the Big 12 title game. Florida State is right behind at No. 4 after beating Louisville, 16-6, despite playing with its third string quarterback.

Alabama moved to No. 5, up three spots from last week. The Bulldogs fell all the way to No. 6.

Ohio State dropped a spot to No. 7 despite not playing a game, and Oregon is right behind at No. 8 after its loss to the Huskies.

Missouri made it three teams for the SEC in the top-10, as the Tigers come in at No. 9. The Big Ten matched the SEC, as Penn State rounded out the top-10.

Liberty was the top Group of Five team in the rankings, coming in at No. 18 after beating New Mexico State in the Conference USA Championship.

Iowa was the last Big Ten team ranked, slotting in at No. 20. The Hawkeyes dropped just two spots after their loss to Michigan.

The Wolverines will hold the coveted No. 1 spot heading into the College Football Playoff and will look to prove why they belong on New Year’s Day.