Michigan drops to 26 according to Sagarin. We're in OK company, though - Arkansas is 24, Wisconsin 25. Florida and USC are 28 and 29. MSU holds at 18. Here's how our remaining schedule stacks up:
Penn State: 66
Illinois: 31 (!)
Ohio State: 15
Amazingly, Penn State is now looking like our easiest remaing game. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Also worth noting is that Michigan's SOS is now 54th. Iowa's, FWIW, is 111th.
The offense slipped a bit in the rankings. Michigan is now 3rd in total O with 533.7 yds/game (behind Oregon and Nevada). The rushing O is 6th with an avg of 297.3/game. Only Air Force, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Nevada are better.
Denard still leads the nation in rushing with 991. LaMichael James is a somewhat distant second with 848. Denard's passer rating dropped to 164.1, which is good for 12th in the nation. Kirk Cousins is 9th, Andrew Luck 10th. All 11 QBs ahead of him are upperclassmen, many of them legit NFL prospects.
With exactly half of the season gone, Denard is now on pace for 2,446 passing yds and and 1,982 rushing yards, just under the 2000/2000 mark.
Edit for defense:
The Passing D is out of the dog house! They are now 119th/120, allowing 304.3 yds/game. Thanks Tulsa! FYI, Okie State is 118th, just behind USC (116th) and Oregon St. (115th).
The Rushing D is 55th in the nation, allowing 146.3 yds/game. Iowa is #2 (behind only Kent St.) allowing just 63.2 yds/game. Amazingly, Iowa has not yet allowed a rushing TD this season.
Total defense is now ranked 112th/120, allowing 450.7 yds/game. Scording D is 75th (26.8 pts/game). Michigan is between Hawaii and North Texas in that category.
This defense is on pace to shatter the record for most yards allowed in Michigan history set by...last year's team. Here are the only Michigan defenses to allow more that 350 yds/game (records only go back to 1936):
2010: 450.7 yds/game (5-1 record)
2009: 393.3 yds/game (5-7 record)
2000: 389.9 yds/game (9-3 record)
2008: 366.9 yds/game (3-9 record)
1982: 366.8 yds/game (8-4 record)
1994: 362.0 yds/game (8-4 record)