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Michigan football moves up in both polls after dominant end to non-conference schedule

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The Michigan Wolverines are continuing to climb through the rankings.

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The Michigan Wolverines are sitting at 3-0 to start the 2021 football season and their national standing has increased in the process. Jim Harbaugh’s program has moved up in both polls this week, coming at No. 19 in both the AP and Coaches polls.

Michigan is one of six Big Ten teams that are included in the AP poll following the third week of games. Iowa leads the way at No. 5, followed by Penn State (No. 6), Ohio State (No. 10), Wisconsin (No. 18) and Michigan State (No. 20).

Rutgers, who Michigan will play on Saturday, is 3-0 but did not receive any votes this week.

Here are the full AP Poll rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Penn State
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Clemson
  10. Ohio State
  11. Florida
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Iowa State
  15. BYU
  16. Arkansas
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Michigan State
  21. North Carolina
  22. Fresno State
  23. Auburn
  24. UCLA
  25. Kansas

Looking ahead, the Oct. 2 matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin could very well pit a pair of ranked teams against each other pending the results of this weekend’s games. Wisconsin plays Notre Dame at Lambeau Field, so there could be some movement afoot in either direction.

First up is Rutgers, who Michigan will play at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Ann Arbor. That game will be broadcast nationally via ABC.