Michigan football moves to No. 2 in polls

Ohio State did Michigan a huge favor Saturday.

By losing 24-21 at Penn State, the then-No. 2 Buckeyes fall from their perch, opening the door for Michigan's poll rise.

The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) rose to No. 2 in the new Amway Coaches Poll, run by USA Today, passing the Buckeyes.

U-M also moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll.

Alabama, which beat No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14, remains No. 1 across both polls.

Michigan, which beat Illinois 41-8 on Saturday, was No. 4 in the coaches poll last week and No. 3 in the AP behind the Buckeyes and Clemson in the coaches poll and ahead of Clemson in the AP.

U-M also rose to No. 2 in the Football Writers Association of America-National Football Foundation Super 16 poll, released today.

The poll rankings are more cosmetic than substantial at this point, but after Michigan faces Michigan State on Saturday (noon, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) some rankings begin to matter.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be announced for the first time on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. on ESPN and then weekly until the final rankings after the conference championship games. Those rankings will determine the four playoff teams.


Full coaches poll:

1. Alabama 1,599 points, (63 1st-place votes)
2. Michigan 1,486
3. Clemson 1,485, (1)
4. Washington 1,434
5. Louisville 1,321
t6. Nebraska
t6. Baylor
8. Ohio State
9. West Virginia
10. Texas A&M
11. Wisconsin
12. Florida
13. Boise State
14. Florida State
15. Oklahoma
16. Utah
17. Auburn
18. Tennessee
19. LSU
20. North Carolina
21. Western Michigan
22. Navy
23. Colorado
24. Houston
25. Virginia Tech


Associated Press top 25:

1. Alabama 1,524 points, (60 1st-place votes)
2. Michigan 1,446, (1)
3. Clemson 1,382
4. Washington 1,373
5. Louisville 1,276
6. Ohio State
7. Nebraska
8. Baylor
9. Texas A&M
10. West Virginia
11. Wisconsin
12. Florida State
13. Boise State
14. Florida
15. Auburn
16. Oklahoma
17. Utah
18. Tennessee
19. LSU
20. Western Michigan
21. North Carolina
22. Navy
23. Colorado
24. Penn State
25. Virginia Tech


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