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Michigan improves to No. 13 in AP poll, No. 14 in coaches'

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan improved to No. 13 from No. 18 in this week's Associated Press college football poll, and to No. 14 from No. 17 in the Amway coaches' poll.

Both polls were released Sunday.

Michigan running back Chris Evans breaks the tackle Minnesota defensive back Tyler Nubin.

The Wolverines began their season with a 49-24 victory at Minnesota on Saturday night. They return to action this Saturday with a noon kickoff against rival Michigan State in Ann Arbor.

In both polls, Clemson and Alabama remained 1-2 but Ohio State, which debuted with a 52-17 win over Nebraska, jumped up to No. 3 from No. 5. Notre Dame and Georgia rounded out the top five.

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Poll notables

►Indiana pulled off a stunner in overtime to jump into the rankings at No. 17, beating then-No. 8 Penn State to earn the program’s first victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 since 1987. The Hoosiers snapped a 25-year absence from the poll last season but stayed there only one week.

►What’s up with Ohio State moving past Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had their most impressive victory of the season, against Pittsburgh? Remember, the Buckeyes were No. 2 in the preseason and a close second to No. 1 Clemson.

When the Big Ten postponed its fall season, Ohio State and the rest of the conference’s teams became ineligible for inclusion in the rankings. Then the Big Ten decided to play in the fall after all and those teams became eligible again. But some voters decided they would wait until teams played before being considered for inclusion.

►No. 24 Oklahoma is back after three weeks out. That is the longest run of polls that have not included the Sooners since 2009, when they were left out of the final six Top 25s.

►No. 25 Boise State made its season debut, along with the rest of the Mountain West Conference, and grabbed the final spot in the rankings. The Broncos were last ranked in the final poll of the 2019 season. Boise State has now made at least one poll appearance in 19 straight seasons, tied with Southern California for the seventh-longest active streak.

AP poll

1. Clemson, 6-0 record, 1539 points (last week: 1)

2. Alabama, 5-0, 1494 (2)

3. Ohio State, 1-0, 1402 (5)

4. Notre Dame, 5-0, 1353 (3)

5. Georgia, 3-1, 1292 (4)

6. Oklahoma State, 4-0, 1201 (6)

7. Cincinnati, 3-0, 1100 (9)

8. Texas A&M, 3-1, 1094 (7)

9. Wisconsin, 1-0, 950 (14)

10. Florida, 2-1, 933 (10)

11. BYU, 5-0, 906 (12)

12. Miami, 4-1, 888 (11)

13. Michigan, 1-0, 839 (18)

14. Oregon, 0-0, 784 (13)

15. North Carolina, 4-1, 758 (14)

16. Kansas State, 4-1, 562 (20)

17. Indiana, 1-0, 466 (NR)

18. Penn State, 0-1, 443 (8)

19. Marshall, 5-0, 379 (22)

20. Coastal Carolina, 5-0, 282 (25)

21. Southern Cal, 0-0, 243 (24)

22. SMU, 5-0, 208 (16)

23. Iowa State, 3-2, 205 (17)

24. Oklahoma, 3-2, 155 (NR)

25. Boise State, 1-0, 113 (NR)

►First-place votes: Clemson 52, Alabama 10.

►Others receiving votes: Memphis 105, Liberty 85, Tulsa 80, Louisiana-Lafayette 50, Army 44, Auburn 41, Minnesota 40, Utah 36, Northwestern 20, Washington 15, Arkansas 15, Purdue 8, Arizona State 7, Appalachian State 6, California 4, Boston College 2, Texas 2, San Diego State 1.