Michigan #16 in USA Today Poll, #18 in AP

Submitted by btjabrone on October 6th, 2013 at 12:08 PM


And NW only dropped to 18, which seems right.

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Clemson

3. Ohio

5. Stanford

6. FSU

7. Georgia

8. Louisville

9. Texas A&M

10. Oklahoma

11. LSU

12. South Carolina

13. UCLA

14. Miami

15. Baylor

16. Michigan

17. Florida

18. Northwestern

19. Washington

20. Oklahoma St.

21. Texas Tech

22. Fresno State

23. Northern Illinois

24. Nebraska

25. Virginia Tech



The AP Poll has Michigan at #18 and NW dropping to #19.


1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Clemson

4. Ohio

5. Stanford

6. FSU

7. Georgia

8. Louisville

9. Texas A&M

10. LSU

11. UCLA

12. Oklahoma

13. Miami

14. South Carolina

15. Baylor

16. Washington

17. Florida

18. Michigan

19. Northwestern

20. Texas Tech

21. Fresno State

22. Oklahoma St.

23. Northern Illinois

24. Virginia Tech

25. Missouri



Perkis-Size Me

October 6th, 2013 at 12:49 PM ^

If we go into November undefeated, then maybe we should be in the top 10. Depending on what happens above us in the polls. But right now, we're just getting back on track. We barely looked like a top-50 team against Akron and UConn, much less a top-10 team, and no doubt those games are still fresh in the minds of the voters.


October 6th, 2013 at 12:58 PM ^

Using Massey Ratings, the USA Today #16 rank seems to be pretty generous.




Some bullet points pertaining to Michigan -

  • Ranked #42 overall up five spots from #47 last week
  • Victories are over the #110 (CMU), #34 (ND), #109 (AKRON), #104 (UCONN), and #83 (MINN) teams in the ratings.  This is an average opponent ranking of 88.
  • As a result of the above, Michigan's SOS ranking is #107
  • Michigan has the #41 offense and the #54 defense
  • Michigan opens as a 3-1/2 point underdog to Penn State
  • Michigan is being given a 38% chance to win, with a predicted final score of 24-28

It's still pretty early for computers to be as accurate as they are by the end of the season, but it gives you a fairly decent impression after 5 games.


October 6th, 2013 at 2:48 PM ^

Then we just disagree completely. I have a hard time evisioning Michigan as a favorite against any of those teams except maaaybe South Carolina. Honestly, there might be 4 or 5 teams at best in the top 25 that we would be favored over on a neutral field... and to me thats a stretch.


October 6th, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

I hate to say it, but dIdn't we stuggle to 5-0 a couple times under RR before we got handled by mediocre-to-good competition in B1G conference play? I think we have better coaches this go around, so I don't think we'll fall off quite as hard (if at all), but the point remains: 5-0 does not speak for itself. 


October 6th, 2013 at 2:15 PM ^

OK, let's say that it was Michigan State at 5-0 with 2 nail-biting wins over horrible opposition, one workmanlike win over a mediocre Minnesota team, one blowout of a lousy MAC team, and a shootout victory over an overrated Notre Dame team. You'd be agitating for the Spartans to be ranked in the top 10?


October 6th, 2013 at 12:23 PM ^

.....and I'm including the NW loss to OSU.

I still believe UM's upside is higher though, assuming that DG can mentally get back into things full-time.

Franz Schubert

October 6th, 2013 at 1:23 PM ^

NW seems to be getting the benefit of the doubt after the last three games and im glad to see it, but UM is being slighted in my opinion. The Akron and Uconn games were not very impressive but teams like South Carolina and Georgia for that matter are not being punished for unimpressive wins. If you look at NW the last 3 weeks, they had a very unimpressive win against W. Michigan, a 14 point win against Maine(outgained NW) and a home loss to a tough OSU. I dont see how anyone could difinitively say NW is more impressive than 5-0 Michigan. The ND win looks a little better after the ND win over ASU.

Franz Schubert

October 6th, 2013 at 2:47 PM ^

Georgia LOST to Clemson. If you want to give credit for losses go ahead, but I dont believe losing is an accomplishment. LSU is a good win for sure, so this off sets the LOSS. Lets look at the powerful and great South Carolina a little closer; SC wins are against 1-4 UNC, 3-3 Vanderbilt, a 3 point win over UCF and this weekends 7 point win over 1-4 Kentucky! Is South Carolina worthy of the top 25 with that resume? So Georgia needing overtime to beat 3-3 Tennesee is not an impressive win and Georgia is not being punished for it.

Magnum P.I.

October 6th, 2013 at 12:27 PM ^

I think Florida State should be top 3. They look damn impressive. Far more than ohio.

We're about right at 16, I think. Akron and UConn took the luster off this season for us, and we're not getting that back unless we pocket some impressive wins over quality opponents (e.g., MSU, Nebraska, NW, ohio).

One Inch Woody…

October 6th, 2013 at 12:44 PM ^

Georgia is not a top 10 team. Losing to Clemson is one thing but almost losing to butch jones-coached Tennessee is another. 11 at most. South Carolina also does not deserve to be that high.. They allowed Kentucky back in the game and almost lost to UCF. Last thing is that Missouri definitely belongs at 25 and not NIU.

Other than it looks good. I think the only teams in the top 10 that would be able to beat Ohio are Bama, Oregon, Stanford, and FSU. Louisville is almost a lock for the national title as they haven't and never will play anyone of significance. Bama will probably go back to the title game because their schedule is super Charming soft.

NOLA Wolverine

October 6th, 2013 at 1:08 PM ^

Georgia was pulling students out of the stands and dressing them just to get 11 players on the field for offense yesterday due to all of their injuries. If this continues to be a problem then they will lose and that will sort itself out, but they don't deserve to get tanked due to a plague of injuries without losing first.