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Michigan Football falls outside of top 20 in latest polls

The Wolverines are now ranked 21 in the AP Poll and 22 in the Coaches Poll.

Michigan v Notre Dame Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

After a long weekend plentiful of top 25 action, the latest college football ranking polls have come out.

After Michigan’s loss to Notre Dame Saturday night, experts rightfully chose for them to fall quite a bit in the rankings. The AP Poll dropped U-M seven spots from 14 to 21 after the loss. Michigan is placed one spot ahead of Miami (FL) who sits at 22 after suffering a blowout by the hands of LSU (now the 12th-ranked team) on Sunday night. The victorious Fighting Irish now reside in the top 10 as the eighth ranked team.

Other movement in the Big Ten includes Ohio State and Wisconsin flipping positions, as the Buckeyes now sit at No. 4 and the Badgers at No. 5. Ohio State put up an impressive 77 points against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, and Wisconsin blew out Western Kentucky by 31 points.

Penn State and Michigan State both dropped in the rankings as well after surviving against Appalachian State and Utah State, respectively. Both the Nittany Lions and the Spartans trailed their opponents at some point in the fourth quarter and were forced to mount late game comebacks against much weaker competition. Penn State fell from 10 to 13 and similarly Michigan State from 11 last week to 15 this week.

Alabama, Clemson and Georgia remain the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams, respectively, in both polls after impressive wins.

In the Coaches Poll, the Wolverines fell to 22, one spot behind the Miami Hurricanes.

Similar to the AP Poll, Ohio State moved to the No. 4 spot, but the Badgers moved to sixth as Oklahoma also hopped the Badgers after an impressive beat down of Lane Kiffin-led Florida Atlantic.

However, Penn State and Michigan State only lost one spot in their previous ranking, as they now sit at 10 and 13 respectively.

The Michigan Wolverines will face the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday at noon with a chance to move up a few spots after the weekend.


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