Michigan stays 2nd in AP poll, drops to 3rd in coaches’

Detroit News staff and wires
Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is sacked by the Michigan defense in the first quarter.

Michigan retained its No. 2 ranking in this week's Associated Press college football poll, released Sunday.

The top six remained unchanged: 1. Alabama, 2. Michigan, 3. Clemson, 4. Washington, 5. Louisville, 6. Ohio State.

In the Amway coaches' poll, however, Clemson jumped over Michigan, claiming the No. 2 spot the Wolverines owned last week.

Clemson thumped Syracuse 54-0, but Michigan wasn’t lacking for style points, either, scoring touchdowns on all five of its first-half drives en route to a 59-3 win over Maryland.

Both teams are 9-0, as are Alabama and Washington, which remained No. 1 and No. 4, respectively.

Ohio State, which crushed Nebraska, 62-3, took Louisville’s spot at No. 5.

Western Michigan, which beat Ball State 52-20 way back on Tuesday, improved to No. 14 from No. 17 in the AP poll. In the coaches' poll, however, the 9-0 Broncos fell to No. 21 from No. 18.

AP poll notables:

* Western’s ranking is the highest for any Mid-American Conference team since Ball State was 12th on Nov. 30, 2008.

* Alabama won 10-0 at LSU for its 13th straight victory over a Top 25 team, which represents the third-longest such streak in history. Southern California won 16 straight games over ranked opponents from 2002-05 and Oklahoma beat 15 straight Top 25 foes from 1973-76.

* Alabama has won 21 straight games overall since falling 43-37 to No. 15 Mississippi on Sept. 19, 2015.

* No. 12 Penn State soared eight spots after its 41-14 rout of Iowa.

* No. 16 Colorado moved up five spots after its 20-10 triumph over UCLA. This marks the Buffaloes’ highest ranking since December 2002.

Charboneau’s AP vote: UM trails Clemson again; WMU up to 15th

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Alabama, 9-0

2. Michigan, 9-0

3. Clemson, 9-0

4. Washington, 9-0

5. Louisville, 8-1

6. Ohio State, 8-1

7. Wisconsin, 7-2

8. Auburn, 7-2

9. Oklahoma, 7-2

10. Texas A&M, 7-2

11. West Virginia, 7-1

12. Penn State, 7-2

13. Utah, 7-2

14. Western Michigan, 9-0

15. North Carolina, 7-2

16. Colorado, 7-2

17. Oklahoma State, 7-2

18. Virginia Tech, 7-2

19. LSU, 5-3

20. Florida State, 6-3

21. Nebraska, 7-2

22. Florida, 6-2

23. Washington State, 7-2

24. Boise State, 8-1

25. Baylor, 6-2

AMWAY COACHES’ POLL

1. Alabama, 9-0

2. Clemson, 9-0

3. Michigan, 9-0

4. Washington, 9-0

5. Ohio State, 8-1

6. Louisville, 8-1

7. Wisconsin, 7-2

8. Auburn, 7-2

9. Oklahoma, 7-2

10. West Virginia, 7-1

11. Texas A&M, 7-2

12. Utah, 7-2

13. North Carolina, 7-2

14. Penn State, 7-2

15. Colorado, 7-2

16. Florida, 6-2

17. Oklahoma State, 7-2

18. Florida State, 6-3

19. Louisiana State, 5-3

20. Nebraska, 7-2

21. Western Michigan, 9-0

22. Virginia Tech, 7-2

23. Washington State, 7-2

24. Boise State, 8-1

25. Baylor, 6-2

Also receiving votes: Southern California 79, San Diego State 58, Arkansas 53, Houston 49, South Florida 28, Wyoming 20, Navy 12, Tennessee 12, Tulsa 9, Troy 6, Appalachian State 5, Minnesota 2, Stanford 2, Louisiana Tech 1.