Michigan Wolverines: polls

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

October, 28, 2013
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Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls, and we do not have a voice in baserunning obstruction calls. But we do have a say in the weekly ESPN.com Power Rankings, and here's what we said this week.

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Baylor
6. Stanford
7. Miami
8. Oklahoma
9. Clemson
10. LSU
11. Auburn
12. South Carolina
13. Missouri
14. Texas A&M
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas Tech
17. UCLA
18. Fresno State
19. UCF
20. Louisville
21. Michigan State
22. Northern Illinois
23. Notre Dame
24. Arizona State
25. Michigan

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. Baylor
7. Miami
8. Clemson
9. Oklahoma
10. Auburn
11. Missouri
12. South Carolina
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. Texas A&M
16. UCLA
17. Texas Tech
18. Oklahoma State
19. UCF
20. Fresno State
21. Louisville
22. Notre Dame
23. Northern Illinois
24. Michigan State
25. Michigan

We both have four Big Ten teams ranked this week, with Michigan just sneaking in at No. 25. There's a very good chance, of course, that either Michigan State or Michigan will drop out next week, depending on the outcome of this week's game. … We both remain much higher on Wisconsin than most of the rest of the country. The Badgers have a prove-it game at Iowa this week, and that upcoming BYU game is looking tougher. … Not a ton of difference on our ballots elsewhere, with the exception of Oklahoma State. Adam has the Pokes at 18th, while I just haven't been impressed with their wins over the soft middle of a down Big 12. Of course, you could also make the same argument against some Big Ten clubs.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?
Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr -- like many others -- loved the Southeastern Conference on his final Harris Poll ballot of the season.

He also appeared to like many teams from smaller conferences ahead of the one he used to coach for over a decade.

Carr placed Michigan at No. 22 in his final ballot -- fourth among Big Ten teams behind Northwestern, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also ranked ahead of the Wolverines on the ballot were Utah State and BCS-bound Northern Illinois at No. 20.

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Analyzing Hoke's poll vote 

December, 2, 2012
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke was one of three coaches who vote in the USA Today coaches poll to have the Wolverines as the No. 15 team in the country, the highest spot the team achieved in the final poll of the year.

Michigan was ranked No. 22.

The other two coaches who voted Michigan at No. 15 also have ties to Michigan -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. Kelly coached at Grand Valley State and Central Michigan earlier in his career and Kelly’s team also beat the Wolverines this season.

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Michigan tumbles in latest polls

September, 4, 2012
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Michigan had a great opportunity when it played No. 2 Alabama in Week 1. It is now finding out the cost of that opportunity.

Following their 41-14 shellacking at JerryWorld, the Wolverines dropped 11 spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls, from No. 8 to No. 19. Granted, Michigan did not look good at all in that game. But Alabama, which moved up to No. 1, would have made just about every team in the country look terrible. It seems unfair to punish the Wolverines so much for trying to play the best, and such action gives other teams no incentive to do so in the future. But such is life, and Michigan will have a chance to climb back up the polls throughout the season.

Here's how the Big Ten fared in the first AP poll of the regular season:

11. Michigan State
13. Wisconsin
14. Ohio State
16. Nebraska
19. Michigan

The Spartans moved up two spots after their win over Boise State, but the Big Ten now has no Top 10 teams. Wisconsin and Nebraska each moved up one spot, while Ohio State climbed four spots after beating Miami (Ohio). Notre Dame, which begins its run through the Big Ten this week with Purdue, is No. 22.

And here are the coaches' poll results, which are shockingly similar (remember, Ohio State is not eligible for this poll because of probation):

11. Michigan State
13. Wisconsin
14. Nebraska
19. Michigan

The new ESPN.com power rankings are also out, with Alabama leading the way there, too. Here's where the Big Ten stacks up:

9. Michigan State
12. Ohio State
14. Nebraska
18. Wisconsin
19. Michigan

And finally, here are our ballots for the ESPN.com power rankings this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Oregon
5. Florida State
6. West Virginia
7. Oklahoma
8. Georgia
9. Michigan State
10. Arkansas
11. Clemson
12. Nebraska
13. South Carolina
14. Michigan
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas
17. Ohio State
18. Virginia Tech
19. Kansas State
20. Oklahoma State
21. TCU
22. Ohio
23. Notre Dame
24. Washington
25. Louisville

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Oregon
5. Florida State
6. West Virginia
7. Michigan State
8. Georgia
9. Clemson
10. Oklahoma
11. Arkansas
12. South Carolina
13. Nebraska
14. Michigan
15. Kansas State
16. Oklahoma State
17. Wisconsin
18. Ohio State
19. Texas
20. Virginia Tech
21. TCU
22. Notre Dame
23. Louisville
24. Tennessee
25. Ohio
Just as current Michigan coach Brady Hoke votes in the USA Today coaches poll, former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr also has a small say in the national championship race.

He's a Harris poll voter.

The Harris poll released its final votes today and Carr's ballot was somewhat consistent -- he had Michigan at No. 9 and Michigan State at No. 11. But he also had some surprises. He ranked Northern Illinois at No. 25 and somewhat shockingly had Clemson at No. 8.

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As is custom, the final USA Today coaches poll ballots were released to the public Monday morning. First-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke is one of the coaches voting.

If you're wondering, he placed Michigan at No. 11 in his final ballot -- the Wolverines finished No. 12. Here's the rest of his poll:

1. LSU

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