This drop is because the Wolverines went 1-2 last week, with both losses coming to Big Ten opponents ranked higher than them. They lost at home to No. 6 Indiana before falling to No. 10 Maryland on the road and beating Minnesota on the road.
The Wolverines are the fifth-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll, which makes sense since they are also tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 7-4 conference record and a 17-5 record overall.
Meanwhile, Indiana jumped into the top-five (No. 4), Iowa jumped four spots (No. 6), Maryland jumped two spots (No. 8) and Ohio State fell eight spots to No. 10 following a loss to Purdue yesterday.
In Charlie Creme’s latest bracketology for ESPN (updated Jan. 27), the Wolverines are projected to be a 3-seed in Indiana’s region.
Michigan has two games this week, both against conference opponents. The Wolverines host Illinois — the unranked team with the most votes (45) in the latest poll — on Feb. 2 before traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State three days later.