Michigan ends season in Top 10 in one poll

January, 10, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time since the 2006 season, Michigan finished in the Top 10 in at least one major football poll.

The Wolverines ended the year ranked No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' Poll following a 23-20 win over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3. Michigan finished the season ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press media poll.

It is the highest end-of-season ranking for Michigan since 2006, when the Wolverines were No. 9 in the coaches' poll and No. 8 in the media poll.

At 11-2, Michigan was the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the coaches poll, followed by Michigan State at No. 10 and Wisconsin at No. 11. In the media poll, Michigan State was No. 10, followed by Wisconsin at No. 11 and the Wolverines at No. 12.

The Wolverines ended up playing three teams this season ranked in the final Top 25: Michigan State, Virginia Tech (No. 21 AP, No. 17 coaches) and Nebraska (No. 24 in both AP and coaches).

Michigan opens next season with defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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