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Michigan tumbles in latest polls

9/4/2012

Michigan had a great opportunity when it played No. 2 Alabama in Week 1. It is now finding out the cost of that opportunity.

Following their 41-14 shellacking at JerryWorld, the Wolverines dropped 11 spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls, from No. 8 to No. 19. Granted, Michigan did not look good at all in that game. But Alabama, which moved up to No. 1, would have made just about every team in the country look terrible. It seems unfair to punish the Wolverines so much for trying to play the best, and such action gives other teams no incentive to do so in the future. But such is life, and Michigan will have a chance to climb back up the polls throughout the season.

Here's how the Big Ten fared in the first AP poll of the regular season:

11. Michigan State

13. Wisconsin

14. Ohio State

16. Nebraska

19. Michigan

The Spartans moved up two spots after their win over Boise State, but the Big Ten now has no Top 10 teams. Nebraska moved up one spot, while Wisconsin fell one notch and Ohio State climbed four spots after beating Miami (Ohio). Notre Dame, which begins its run through the Big Ten this week with Purdue, is No. 22.

And here are the coaches' poll results, which are shockingly similar (remember, Ohio State is not eligible for this poll because of probation):

11. Michigan State

13. Wisconsin

14. Nebraska

19. Michigan

The new ESPN.com power rankings are also out, with Alabama leading the way there, too. Here's where the Big Ten stacks up:

9. Michigan State

12. Ohio State

14. Nebraska

18. Wisconsin

19. Michigan

And finally, here are our ballots for the ESPN.com power rankings this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama

2. USC

3. LSU

4. Oregon

5. Florida State

6. West Virginia

7. Oklahoma

8. Georgia

9. Michigan State

10. Arkansas

11. Clemson

12. Nebraska

13. South Carolina

14. Michigan

15. Wisconsin

16. Texas

17. Ohio State

18. Virginia Tech

19. Kansas State

20. Oklahoma State

21. TCU

22. Ohio

23. Notre Dame

24. Washington

25. Louisville

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama

2. USC

3. LSU

4. Oregon

5. Florida State

6. West Virginia

7. Michigan State

8. Georgia

9. Clemson

10. Oklahoma

11. Arkansas

12. South Carolina

13. Nebraska

14. Michigan

15. Kansas State

16. Oklahoma State

17. Wisconsin

18. Ohio State

19. Texas

20. Virginia Tech

21. TCU

22. Notre Dame

23. Louisville

24. Tennessee

25. Ohio