Michigan No. 4 in AP poll, MSU drops out

Detroit News staff and wires
Michigan running back Ty Isaac tries to escape from Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton in the third quarter.

Michigan remained No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press college football poll while Michigan State, which had been ranked No. 17, fell out of the Top 25.

The Wolverines (5-0) beat Wisconsin 14-7 while Michigan State (2-2) lost to Indiana 24-21 in overtime.

The ACC matched the SEC for the most teams ranked in the AP poll with six after a weekend where 10 Top 25 teams lost.

It’s the first time since 2006 that the ACC has six ranked teams.

Alabama remained No. 1 and had 53 first-place votes and Ohio State held on to No. 2. Clemson, from the ACC, moved up two spots to No. 3 after a dramatic victory against Louisville, which slipped four spots to No. 7.

No. 5 Washington moved up five spots after a dominant victory against Stanford on Friday night. The last time the Huskies were ranked this high was 2000, when they won the Rose Bowl and finished No. 3 in the nation.

No. 10 Miami gives the ACC three in the top 10 to also match the SEC.

In the Amway Coaches’ Poll, Michigan improved one spot to No. 4 and MSU dropped out of those rankings, as well. MSU had been No. 16 in the coaches’ poll.

Western Michigan, which improved to 5-0 with a 49-10 win at rival Central Michigan, made the coaches’ poll for the first time this season; the Broncos are ranked No. 25. The Broncos, however, are not in the AP Top 25.

Charboneau’s AP vote: MSU leads mass exodus, WMU No. 24

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Alabama (53 first-place votes), 5-0 record, 1,514 points (last week: 1)

2. Ohio State (6), 4-0, 1,451 (2)

3. Clemson (1), 5-0, 1,403 (5)

4. Michigan (1), 5-0, 1,334 (4)

5. Washington, 5-0, 1,234 (10)

6. Houston, 5-0, 1,233 (6)

7. Louisville, 4-1, 1,160 (3)

8. Texas A&M, 5-0, 1,113 (9)

9. Tennessee, 5-0, 1,045 (11)

10. Miami, 4-0, 909 (14)

11. Wisconsin, 4-1, 882 (8)

12. Nebraska, 5-0, 821 (15)

13. Baylor, 5-0, 805 (13)

14. Mississippi, 3-2, 712 (16)

15. Stanford, 3-1, 711 (7)

16. Arkansas, 4-1, 528 (20)

17. North Carolina, 4-1, 497 (NR)

18. Florida, 4-1, 391 (23)

19. Boise State, 4-0, 385 (24)

20. Oklahoma, 2-2, 324 (NR)

21. Colorado, 4-1, 276 (NR)

22. West Virginia, 4-0, 240 (NR)

23. Florida State, 3-2, 230 (12)

24. Utah, 4-1, 86 (18)

25. Virginia Tech, 3-1, 85 (NR)

Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 76, UCLA 56, LSU 49, North Dakota State 46, Auburn 46, Georgia 42, Oklahoma State 41, TCU 26, Maryland 23, Air Force 17, San Diego State 10, Michigan State 7, South Florida 6, Arizona St. 4, California 3, Indiana 3, Texas 1.

AMWAY COACHES’ POLL

1. Alabama, 5-0

2. Ohio State, 4-0

3. Clemson, 5-0

4. Michigan, 5-0

5. Houston, 5-0

6. Washington, 5-0

7. Texas A&M, 5-0

8. Louisville, 4-1

9. Tennessee, 5-0

10. Miami, 4-0

11. Baylor, 5-0

12. Nebraska, 5-0

13. Wisconsin, 4-1

14. Mississippi, 3-2

15. Stanford, 3-1

16. North Carolina, 4-1

17. Arkansas, 4-1

18. Florida, 4-1

19. Boise State, 4-0

20. West Virginia, 4-0

21. Florida State, 3-2

22. Oklahoma, 2-2

23. Colorado, 4-1

24. Utah, 4-1

25. Western Michigan, 5-0

Dropped out: No. 16 Michigan State, No. 19 TCU, No. 20 Georgia, No. 24 San Diego State, No. 25 Texas.

Others receiving votes: LSU 77, Michigan State 71, Maryland 70, Georgia 65, Air Force 59, UCLA 50, Virginia Tech 50, Oklahoma State 43, TCU 32, South Florida 24, Arizona State 23, Auburn 21, Texas Tech 11, San Diego State 10, California 7, Indiana 3, Troy 3, South Alabama 2, Southern California 2, Minnesota 2, Southern Mississippi 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Eastern Michigan 1, Appalachian State 1, Wake Forest 1.