UM stays No. 4, WMU debuts at No. 24 in AP poll

Detroit News staff and wires
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh congratulates Jabrill Peppers after a touchdown in the second quarter.

Michigan held on to the No. 4 ranking in the Associated Press college football poll for the fifth consecutive week after a dominating 78-0 win over Rutgers.

Michigan (6-0) was ranked seventh in the preseason and fifth after the opening win over Hawaii. They moved up to fourth after the win over Central Florida and have remained there since.

Western Michigan (6-0) is in the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Broncos check in at No. 24 Monday after a big win over MAC rival Northern Illinois. This is the first time WMU has ever been ranked in the AP poll.

"The top 25 (ranking) is monumental and the next right step for our alums, university, city of Kalamazoo, student body, future Broncos and of course our culture!” WMU coach P.J. Fleck wrote to The Detroit News in a text message.

The top five teams are Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan and Washington (full poll below). The Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes. Ohio State and Clemson each received two and Michigan got one again.

Other poll notables:

* WMU is 6-0 for the first time since 1941 and is in position to contend for a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. The Broncos have already beaten two Big Ten teams (Northwestern and Illinois).

* The Big Ten has four teams in the top 10 of the AP poll during the regular season for the first time since 1960. No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 10 Nebraska joined No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan.

* No. 23 Auburn is ranked for the first time this season. No. 25 Navy is ranked after upsetting Houston.

* No. 14 Florida State has been all over the rankings through the first six weeks of the regular season. After dropping to No. 23 last week, the Seminoles jumped nine spots after beating Miami.

* No. 13 Houston slipped seven spots after losing its first game, to Navy.

In the Amway coaches’ poll, Michigan remained No. 4 there, as well, and Western Michigan jumped up two spots to No. 23 (full poll below).

Charboneau’s AP vote: Rutgers terrible so UM stays 4th

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Alabama, 6-0

2. Ohio State, 5-0

3. Clemson, 6-0

4. Michigan, 6-0

5. Washington, 6-0

6. Texas A&M, 6-0

7. Louisville, 4-1

8. Wisconsin, 4-1

9. Tennessee, 5-1

10. Nebraska, 5-0

11. Baylor, 5-0

12. Mississippi, 3-2

13. Houston, 5-1

14. Florida State, 4-2

15. Boise State, 5-0

16. Miami, 4-1

17. Virginia Tech, 4-1

18. Florida, 4-1

19. Oklahoma, 3-2

20. West Virginia, 4-0

21. Utah, 5-1

22. Arkansas, 4-2

23. Auburn, 4-2

24. Western Michigan, 6-0

25. Navy, 4-1

AMWAY COACHES’ POLL

1. Alabama, 6-0

2. Ohio State, 5-0

3. Clemson, 6-0

4. Michigan, 6-0

5. Washington, 6-0

6. Texas A&M, 6-0

7. Louisville, 4-1

8. Baylor, 5-0

9. Nebraska, 5-0

10. Wisconsin, 4-1

11. Tennessee, 5-1

12. Houston, 5-1

13. Mississippi, 3-2

14. Florida, 4-1

15. Boise State, 5-0

16. Florida State, 4-2

17. Miami, 4-1

18. West Virginia, 4-0

19. Virginia Tech, 4-1

20. Oklahoma, 3-2

21. Utah, 5-1

22. Arkansas, 4-2

23. Western Michigan, 6-0

24. Arizona State, 5-1

25. Louisiana State, 3-2