The updated ESPN team efficiency ratings have been posted, and after its "Improvement Week", the Wolverines improve one spot from #23 to #22 overall based on no additional data. The U-M splits are offense, #97 (down from #79); defense, #4 (same as last week); and special teams, #35 (up from #42).
Of U-M's 2017 opponents, Ohio State wrests the mantel of most efficient from Penn State, moving up to #7 from #11. Penn State dropped one spot to #10, while Wisconsin slid from #12 to #15. Indiana dropped behind Michigan to #26 (from #19). Maryland responded well to its defeat last week, moving up 8 spots to #24 from #32. Sparty, at #53, is on the rebound after finagling a win over Iowa (up 19 spots from #72).
Overall, Michigan moved ahead of one more of its opponents this week. So, M remains rated lower than three of its opponents for this season, and most could probably guess who they are. Two in the top ten (up from 1), 5 are in the upper quartile of the ratings (same as last week); 9 are in the upper half (same as last week); and none are in the lowest quartile (Cincinnati and LOLRutgerz are at the threshhold).
Here's a brief synopsis of the ratings, or click the link above to see the whole list &/or sort by category:
|4||Oklahoma, Big 12||97.9||68.7||21.1||90.9|
|5||TCU, Big 12||84.6||77.5||77.7||89.8|
|7||OSU, Big Ten||84.5||77.8||71.6||88.7|
|9||Oklahoma State, Big 12||93.0||70.6||22.9||86.7|
|10||Penn State, Big Ten||74.0||79.8||82.4||86.4|
|11||Notre Dame, FBS Indep.||86.1||72.7||45.3||84.1|
|15||Wisconsin, Big Ten||72.9||80.5||50.1||81.4|
|22||Michigan, Big Ten||37.5||92.1||62.7||73.8|
|24||Maryland, Big Ten||80.1||53.8||64.2||73.3|
|26||Indiana, Big Ten||57.6||76.7||61.0||73.1|
|35||Purdue, Big Ten||61.7||70.5||36.7||67.0|
|46||Minnesota, Big Ten||42.3||68.5||61.5||59.6|
|53||Michigan State, Big Ten||40.6||76.8||40.3||57.7|
|64||W Michigan, MAC||57.6||32.6||86.7||54.0|
|84||Air Force, MW||63.2||29.1||47.3||46.5|
|87||E Michigan, MAC||19.6||78.2||31.2||42.8|
|96||Rutgers, Big Ten||24.8||51.5||47.5||34.2|
|108||Cent Michigan, MAC||28.4||36.5||38.1||26.5|