Michigan #25 - AP Poll

Submitted by mzdmv on October 7th, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Michigan is #25 in the AP Poll.

Top 5:

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. South Carolina

4. Florida

5. West Virginia

 

B1G:

8. Ohio St

25. Michigan

.....welcome to the 2012 B1G season everyone!

 

Full poll HERE

Comments

FGB

October 7th, 2012 at 1:12 PM ^

is because "link?" requests only serve a purpose with some rumor that is just breaking, or there's some question about the veracity of the post.

Requesting a link for something that shows up every Sunday at midday on ESPN's front page seems a little silly, it's not like someone is making up the AP Top 25 rankings.

goblue16

October 7th, 2012 at 11:40 AM ^

Its good to be ranked again but at this point the polls dont even matter anymore. We  can t play for the national chamionship and the BIG will not get more then one team into the BCS this season. Win the BIG and play in the Rose Bowl thats the goal!! Go Blue

bluewave720

October 7th, 2012 at 12:27 PM ^

Always nice to know how the rest of the country sees us, but our ranking is completely irrelevant for the rest of the year.  No at-large BCS, no NT game.  Win our next 3 games, and it will be pretty tough not to make it to the B1G Championship.  

Only goal right now is Pasadena.  Based on how we looked yesterday, I really think we're the (eligible) team to beat right now. 

Needs

October 7th, 2012 at 12:23 PM ^

No kidding. If you want to make a anti-SEC argument, Florida's the team. Their D looks great but the offense is merely a suggestion. South Carolina looks balanced and solid across the board. I think they could make a game of it against Alabama if the make the SEC title game.

Dan84

October 7th, 2012 at 12:11 PM ^

LSU was clearly wildly overrated based on preseason expectations, so I wasn't too impressed by Florida's win yesterday, and Florida had already struggled against A&M, Tennessee and Bowling Green.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame pasted MSU, Miami and Navy, and beat Michigan and Purdue, while WVU clearly has the best offense in the country. I'd put both Notre Dame and WVU over Florida based on what they've shown so far.

MichiganExile

October 7th, 2012 at 12:43 PM ^

The main problem with WVU is that the defense is beyond atrocious. In the past two weeks they have given up 108 points. That's 2 more points than Alabama gave up all of last year. They don't have to be the best defense in football but it would be great if they could at least try. They may actually be the opposite of Florida and LSU in this matter. I guess what I'm saying is if one of your units is going to be woefully deficient it should probably not be your defense.  

coastal blue

October 7th, 2012 at 10:08 PM ^

I don't even think you can say Oregon is mediocre on defense. They play so fast that teams are bound to get more possessions, which equals more yards and more points during most games. 

Oregon's defensive numbers:

44th in total defense (359 YPG)

36th in yards per rush (3.52 YPC)

9th in yards per pass (5.4 YPA)

14th in yards per play (4.55 YPP)

30th in scoring defense (20 PPG)

Looking at their individual games:

Arkansas State: 50-3 before ASU scored their first touchdown, ended up 57-34

Fresno State: 35-6 before FSU scored their first touchdown, ended up 42-25

Tennessee Tech: Did score a touchdown before the game was out of hand, but the game ended up 63-14 and they had 177 total yard of offense

Arizona: Regardless of the ill-will RR garners round here, shutting out Arizona is no joke this year. 49-0

Washington State: This is the only real lapse, with the game 23-19 at the half. However, defense allowed only one touchdown after the half, finished up 51-26

Washington: 21-0 before Washington scored a touchdown, 38-7 before their second and 52-14 before Washington added a touchdown with 30 seconds left to finish 52-21.

Oregon's defense is no joke and if they were to meet Alabama, its more than likely the key to the game would be their ability to stop Alabama's offense and their huge offensive line rather than Alabama's defense vs Oregon's offense.

Its also why I wouldn't bother taking West Virginia seriously as a contender, even if their offense might technically be a bit better than the Oregon offense. 

JHendo

October 7th, 2012 at 12:29 PM ^

They weren't ranked last week, they have 1 (frankly unimpressive) win against a seemingly decent team in BSU, 1 expected win against Central, 2 losses against good teams (that exposed their completely inept offense), and barely squeaked by two doormats of the FBS in EMU and IU. To be honest, I'm not sure why there's someone out there that thinks they should be ranked at all. They're simply not a good team.

UMgradMSUdad

October 7th, 2012 at 2:05 PM ^

What's sobering is that MSU win against BSU is the best OOC victory for the Big Ten this year. Even that wouldn't be so bad if there hadn't been all the games with crappy teams some of the other members lost.

jrt336

October 7th, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

 

AP TOP 25
Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (60) 5-0 1,500 1
2. Oregon 6-0 1,435 2
3. South Carolina 6-0 1,359 6
4. Florida 5-0 1,265 10
5. West Virginia 5-0 1,260 8
6. Kansas St. 5-0 1,217 7
7. Notre Dame 5-0 1,176 9
8. Ohio St. 6-0 1,053 12
9. LSU 5-1 938 4
10. Oregon St. 4-0 873 14
11. Southern Cal 4-1 812 13
12. Florida St. 5-1 800 3
13. Oklahoma 3-1 756 17
14. Georgia 5-1 733 5
15. Texas 4-1 711 11
16. Clemson 5-1 657 15
17. Stanford 4-1 587 18
18. Louisville 5-0 494 19
19. Mississippi St. 5-0 450 20
20. Rutgers 5-0 331 22
21. Cincinnati 4-0 205 NR
22. Texas A&M 4-1 153 NR
23. Louisiana Tech 5-0 129 NR
24. Boise St. 4-1 114 NR
25. Michigan 3-2 82 NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio 79, Baylor 62, Iowa St. 54, TCU 50, Michigan St. 49, Arizona St. 39, Washington 39, NC State 17, Nebraska 5, Arizona 4, Duke 3, Tennessee 3, Texas Tech 2, Tulsa 2, Northwestern 1, Penn St. 1. 
 
 

bronxblue

October 7th, 2012 at 12:06 PM ^

I continue to be amazed that some of these SEC teams are ranked.  Auburn is one overtime game from being 0-5 and yet Mississippi St. is seemingly getting the bump for beating them handily.  Ignore the fact that they haven't played anoyne else (Kentucky barely counts as competent SEC). 

Considering UM's two losses are to the #1 and #7 teams in the country, let's hope that they continue to play this well going forward and make it to the Rose Bowl.

mzdmv

October 7th, 2012 at 12:10 PM ^

Well we are the top 2-loss team. As soon as the media realizes that the SEC is just really top-heavy, hopefully the polls won't be as SEC crazy. After Alabama, any SEC team can win any game they play, not because they're good, but because none of the teams are that much better than each other. Except Kentucky. Stick to basketball.

mGrowOld

October 7th, 2012 at 12:10 PM ^

God it kills me to write this but I think ND is under rated at #7.  I think they should be #5 ahead of KSU & Florida with WVU moving up a notch too.

Nice to see us poke back in too.  Especially since we have a chance to go on a run here in the B1G and move up quite a few notches over the next several weeks.

BlueHills

October 7th, 2012 at 12:15 PM ^

I think Michigan's game with ND showed that in fact the two teams are very close. OSU has a very strong offense, but the caveat is that Nebraska still hung a lot of points on them.

It's a strange season.

cheesheadwolverine

October 7th, 2012 at 12:26 PM ^

I feel underrated here. Losses to 1 and 7, and 7 in a turnover fest where we probably outplayed them. Nothing we have done indicates we aren't a top 15 team. Now I think from watching us we are pretty turrible but resume wise I don't see why we aren't higher.

Keith

October 7th, 2012 at 1:25 PM ^

indicates we aren't a top 15 team.  Our game against Alabama indicates we aren't a top 15 team.

I understand that everyone looks bad against Alabama, but that was not the performance of a top 15 team; also, we looked atrocious against Air Force.  Regardless of all the excuses we've made about the difficulty in preparing for Air Force's offense, they are NOT a good football team.

We looked great against Purdue, and little can be made of our game against UMass.

In short, I disagree with you.  Top 25 team?  I can buy that, but it's a little high given what we've done so far.  Top 15 team is a big stretch.

aiglick

October 7th, 2012 at 12:30 PM ^

I actually think this is a pretty accurate ranking. Yes we are 3-2 but those two losses were to top 10 teams away from home. One was a man handling but the other was a game where we were dominant but ended up literally giving away the game to the other team.

A loss is still a loss which is reflected in our current ranking. Our three victories were against two solid teams and one baby seal but for the most part they were convincing.

Polls don't matter too much but it is certainly better to be perennially ranked rather then unranked.

On to Illinois.