Charboneau’s AP vote: UM 3rd, WMU holds at 18th

Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight throws in the second quarter against Illinois.

It’s been a while since we saw a shakeup at the top of the rankings, but we’ve got that now after Ohio State went on the road and lost at Penn State.

The loss ended Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s remarkable 20-game road winning streak in the Big Ten and Penn State became just the second conference team to beat the Buckeyes under Meyer, joining Michigan State, which has done it twice.

The Ohio State loss moves its rival, Michigan, up to No. 3 on my ballot, and there’s a decent case to be made the Wolverines deserve to be No. 2. Maybe a win over a team with a little more resistance than Illinois. But no worries, the path to the playoff is still clear for Michigan, and it still includes winning in Columbus.

There was some other shuffling on my ballot, but most of it was just moving teams around. Only two teams dropped out, Arkansas and Stanford, which managed to lose 10-5 to Colorado in 10 innings.

Auburn jumps in at No. 20 for me while Navy makes its first appearance at No. 24. Western Michigan holds its place at No. 18 after dispatching of a tougher-than-normal Eastern Michigan team.

The full AP poll will be released later Saturday.

Michigan up to second in AP poll


1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Clemson (3)

3. Michigan (4)

4. Washington (5)

5. Louisville (7)

6. Ohio State (2)

7. Baylor (8)

8. Nebraska (9)

9. Boise State (10)

10. Wisconsin (12)

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11. Oklahoma (13)

12. Florida State (14)

13. Florida (15)

14. West Virginia (23)

15. LSU (16)

16. Utah (19)

17. Oklahoma State (17)

18. Western Michigan (18)

19. Texas A&M (6)

20. Auburn (NR)

21. Colorado (25)

22. Tennessee (24)

23. North Carolina (22)

24. Navy (NR)

25. Houston (11)