Sunday, November 11, 2012
Big Ten in the polls: Michigan returns
By Adam Rittenberg
The latest national rankings are out, and the Michigan Wolverines are back in.
Michigan returned to both the AP and coaches' polls Sunday following its dramatic overtime win Saturday against Northwestern. The Wolverines, who had been out of the rankings following their Oct. 27 loss to Nebraska, come in at No. 23 in both polls. Brady Hoke's crew is one of two new entries to the AP poll (Kent State the other).
Nebraska moved up two spots in each poll, rising from No. 18 to No. 16 in the AP and from No. 16 to No. 14 in the coaches'. Ohio State, idle in Week 11, dropped a spot to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 after being tied with Georgia at No. 5 in the previous poll. The coaches' poll doesn't rank Ohio State because of the team's NCAA sanctions.
Despite a 10-0 record, Urban Meyer's team sits behind two SEC teams (Alabama and Georgia) with one loss. It'll be interesting to see if the Buckeyes can crack the top 3 or 4 even if they finish undefeated.
Wisconsin is second among teams also receiving votes in the coaches' poll and fourth in the AP poll. Northwestern also is receiving a few votes in both polls.
Here are the latest rankings:
No. 6 Ohio State (last week: 5)
No. 16 Nebraska (last week: 18)
No. 23 Michigan (last week: not ranked)