The updated ESPN team efficiency ratings have been posted, and after finally showing some signs of life on offense and applying still more aggression on defense, the Wolverines move up 8 spots from #31 to #23 overall. An improvement for sure, but this still ensures plenty of room for more improvement heading into the "Improvement Week". The U-M splits are offense, #79 (up from #87); defense, #4 (back up from #12); and special teams, #42 (down from #25).
Of U-M's 2017 opponents, Penn State assumes the mantel of most efficient at #9 (down from #8). Not far behind are OSU and Wisconsin at #11 and #12, respectively (both up from #16 and #17). Indiana improved even more than Michigan, moving up to #19 from #29. After taking it on the chin from UCF, Maryland suffered a penultimately precipitous drop from #5 to #32. It's worth noting that ND jumped up an impressive 14 spots from #28 to #14 after tuning up on a tomato can. That tomato can is of course, Sparty, who suffered the ultimately precipitous drop from #42 to #72. Sparty's time in the sunshine of being a more efficiently-rated offense and defense than Michigan was alas, short-lived.
Overall, Michigan moved ahead of two of its opponents this week, including the one that was summarily vanquished on Satuday. Yet, M remains rated lower than four of its opponents for this season. Only one is in the top ten (down from 2), 5 are in the upper quartile of the ratings (down from 7); 9 are in the upper half (down from 10); and none are in the lowest quartile.
Here's a brief synopsis of the ratings, or click the link above to see the whole list &/or sort by category:
|3||Oklahoma, Big 12||98.0||67.3||21.2||90.7|
|4||TCU, Big 12||86.4||75.8||77.7||90.2|
|6||Miss St, SEC||75.1||89.3||69.1||89.3|
|8||Oklahoma State, Big 12||94.4||69.5||26.7||88.3|
|9||Penn State, Big Ten||77.4||78.7||71.3||85.7|
|11||OSU, Big Ten||78.8||73.2||76.6||84.6|
|12||Wisconsin, Big Ten||78.5||80.0||41.8||82.8|
|14||Notre Dame, FBS Indep.||80.6||74.0||44.1||81.1|
|19||Indiana, Big Ten||60.6||73.7||80.4||76.9|
|23||Michigan, Big Ten||42.4||91.4||63.0||75.7|
|32||Maryland, Big Ten||70.1||60.0||67.7||70.9|
|35||Minnesota, Big Ten||39.5||83.6||66.0||68.8|
|36||Purdue, Big Ten||63.5||69.4||36.8||67.4|
|51||Air Force, MW||60.9||53.6||51.5||59.3|
|72||Michigan State, Big Ten||35.5||74.3||35.0||50.7|
|76||W Michigan, MAC||55.6||26.2||83.6||47.2|
|93||E Michigan, MAC||16.6||72.9||41.9||39.0|
|96||Rutgers, Big Ten||26.3||56.8||46.2||38.0|
|106||Cent Michigan, MAC||31.2||34.8||43.1||28.1|