Michigan #4 in AP Poll, Coaches Poll

Submitted by Bambi on November 4th, 2018 at 2:35 PM

No surprises here as Michigan moves up after the LSU loss. 

AP Poll

Coaches Poll

The top 6 are the same in each poll going:

1) Alabama

2) Clemson

3) ND

4) Michigan

5) Georgia

6) Oklahoma

This is where they differ as the coaches poll has OSU 7 while the AP put WVU at 7 and OSU at 8.

Other ranked B1G teams:

OSU: 7 (Coaches)/8 (AP)

PSU: 20/21

MSU: NR/24

Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue and NW are receiving votes in both polls.



November 4th, 2018 at 3:59 PM ^

They may be in 1995 Nebraska / 2001 Miami territory (that Miami team almost lost to BC FWIW). If they are and we play them, well, that’s that. 

But 2005 USC was thought to be in that territory too. They had the loaded offense, the coach, the talent everywhere on the roster. 

Our D and our offensive talent would give us a puncher’s chance. Our O hasn’t shown that gear yet. But that gear might be there. 


November 4th, 2018 at 2:43 PM ^

osu barely handling Nebraska.. At home... Who has two wins... I don't see how they are ranked that high. I truly don't. I can see top 12 or 10 maybe... But...


November 4th, 2018 at 2:55 PM ^

Well there are only 9 P5 schools with 0 or 1 losses. With so many other losses, there wasn't anywhere for OSU to fall to even with a less than impressive performance. Case in point, Kentucky was easily handled by Georgia and only fell 1 spot in the AP poll and didn't move at all in the Coaches' poll.


November 4th, 2018 at 3:06 PM ^

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but if we win out & find the media being tempted to push for a 2nd SEC team or a 1 loss Big 12 team to get in over Michigan, we need to do this:


No matter what happens, I pray that Harbaugh understands that the “style points” and PR/spin game in the media MUST be played too.


IIRC, back in 2006, we didn’t do that at all because it was uncouth and we wanted to stay “classy.” Meanwhile, Urban Meyer was shamelessly shilling for Florida every chance he got. Maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference back then, but IIRC we didn’t even TRY. 


Our school has considerable resources at our disposal including both financial and in terms of human capital. Lobbying Michigan’s case in the sports media is well within the rules of the NCAA. 


JH and the staff need to win out & (not risking injury to key players) BLOW OUT remaining teams wherever possible. Meanwhile, the football team’s PR department need to put together a multi faceted PR campaign on a national scale. Social media graphics & viral videos of key plays or highlights, coordinated talking points to be delivered by high profile surrogates in the media, pulling strings with every sports columnist they can to do their part, etc. 


“Play through the whistle,” they say. 


Well, in this case, running up the score & waging a full scale PR battle in the media is the off field equivalent of playing through the whistle. Leave NOTHING to chance. 



November 4th, 2018 at 3:45 PM ^

Oh, hell no.

There is nothing the college football playoff can offer that’s worth groveling for.

There’s a Walter Payton quote that applies here: “When you’re good at something, you tell everyone.  When you’re great, they tell you.”


November 4th, 2018 at 4:07 PM ^

I’m not seeing a huge threat of getting pushed out, honestly. Certainly not by Oklahoma, which keeps struggling against bad teams (Army took them to OT in Norman!). I guess a one-loss Bama is a problem if that loss is to Georgia, but in this scenario we’d have a loss just as good, on the road, a comparable resume, and a conference title. 

Honestly, win and we’re in. Don’t mind the blowouts, though—keep them coming. I think we’ve already done our job with them, but insofar as you are arguing the value of style points, you have a point—and Michigan has just made theirs. 

Ty Butterfield

November 4th, 2018 at 3:10 PM ^

OSU still has a lot of talent and the game is at the big toilet bowl. Throw in that Delaney has it in for Michigan and it will be a tough game. OSU is still having issues but they always seems to hit another gear when they play Michigan.