In the polls: Michigan football stays 4th in coaches, up to 3rd in AP

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - Michigan didn't need to play football this weekend to impress the poll voters.

Other teams did it for them.

On their bye week, the Wolverines remained No. 4 in the Amway Coaches Poll run by USA Today and appeared increasingly strong, as No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson both needed overtime to remain undefeated. Alabama remains No. 1.

Meanwhile, in the Associated Press Top 25, the Wolverines leapfrogged Clemson to move to No. 3, once again garnering a first-place vote.

Michigan (6-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) had a weekend of rest as many players went back to their hometowns and U-M coach Jim Harbaugh worked the recruiting trail, making a number of West Coast stops, including introducing a Homecoming queen and working a down marker at a prep game.

Just two weeks away from the ranking that matters for the College Football Playoff, revealed at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 on ESPN, the Wolverines appear to be in strong shape to be a Top 4 team in those rankings.

Michigan returns to action for its Homecoming game Saturday, hosting Illinois at 3:30 p.m., televised on the Big Ten Network.

After its 41-0 rout of Akron, Western Michigan improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference, remaining in the polls at No. 20. The Broncos host Eastern Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Amway Coaches Poll

*First-place votes

1. Alabama, *61 (7-0)
2. Ohio State, *2 (6-0)
3. Clemson, *1 (7-0)
4. Michigan (6-0)
5. Washington (6-0)
6. Texas A&M (6-0)
7. Louisville (5-1)
8. Baylor (6-0)
9. Nebraska (6-0)
10. Wisconsin (4-2)
11. Houston (6-1)
12. Florida (5-1)
13. West Virginia (5-0)
14. Boise State (6-0)
15. Florida State (5-2)
16. Oklahoma (4-2)
17. Arkansas (5-2)
18. Utah (6-1)
19. Tennessee (5-2)
20. Western Michigan (7-0)
21. North Carolina (5-2)
22. Mississippi (3-3)
23. LSU (4-2)
24. Auburn (4-2)
25. Navy (4-1)

AP Top 25

1. Alabama *60
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan *1
4. Clemson
5. Washington
6. Texas A&M
7. Louisville
8. Nebraska
9. Baylor
10. Wisconsin
11. Houston
12. West Virginia
13. Florida State
14. Boise State
15. Florida
16. Oklahoma
17. Arkansas
18. Tennessee
19. Utah
20. Western Michigan
21. Auburn
22. North Carolina
23. Ole Miss
24. Navy
25. LSU

Others receiving votes: Colorado 110, Miami 69, Oklahoma St. 47, Washington St. 39, Virginia Tech 38, South Florida 31, Stanford 15, Iowa 7, Arizona St. 6, Southern Cal 5, NC State 4, San Diego St. 3, Pittsburgh 2, Pittsburgh 1, TCU 1.

Detroit Free Press


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