Michigan tumbles in latest polls

September, 4, 2012
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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

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