AP College Football Poll, Michigan Remains 7th, MSU Drops

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Ann Arbor, MI — September 3, 2019

Week one of the 150th Season of College Football is in the books. The University of Michigan was ranked in the Top 10 when the Associated Press (AP) released their preseason poll. Michigan State began the season ranked 18th.

The Top Five teams remained the same as all posted opening weekend wins. Last year’s Champion, Clemson in 1st. Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State, 2nd to 5th respectively.

Wolverines

The U of M Wolverines defeated Middle Tennessee State 40-21. But, it was ugly. At halftime, the score was Michigan 27 and MTSU 14. All of Middle Tennessee’s points came off Wolverine turnovers.

Michigan receiver Ambry Thomas soars high to make a catch against Middle Tennessee State / Photo Courtesy of mgoblue.com

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was quoted as saying. “We shot ourselves in the foot at times with pre-snap penalties and mishandling the ball.” In the 2nd half, Michigan did a better job of controlling the football and opened the final margin to 19 points. Far from the 30 point favorites they entered the game as.

The Wolverines held onto their 7th place ranking in the AP Poll, but voters may be less likely to reward them next week if they stumble when the Army Cadets visit “The Big House.”

Spartans

All the attention for Michigan State football was on improving their offense in 2019. The Spartans defense was expected to be one of the premier squads in the Big 10 Conference this year.

Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes scores against Tulsa during the Spartans opener. The Spartan defensive end was named the National Defensive Player of the Week and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week / Photo Courtesy of msuspartans.com

In their opener against Tulsa, the defense lived up to its billing. With quarterback sacks and tackles for losses, the Golden Hurricanes lost 73 yards rushing and managed only 80 total yards against the Green & White defenders.

However, Spartan Head Coach Mark Dantonio made it perfectly clear he was not happy with the offensive effort despite a 28-7 win. Michigan State was a 22 point favorite against Tulsa, Dantonio expected more.

During his news conference today, Dantonio did not mince words. “I can say this… football is a game of effort, toughness and knowing what to do, half of our team figured that out, half of it didn’t. We will make sure that other half gets figured out this week. So that’s my message to our football team.”

Western Michigan comes to East Lansing next Saturday and is likely to feel the wrath of the Spartans work preparing for the game. Michigan State dropped from 18th to 19th in the AP Poll this week as fellow Big 10 competitor Wisconsin jumped ahead of them in the rankings.

New Rankings

Here is the complete AP Poll heading into Week 2.

AP Top 25

Updated Sep 3, 2019

RANK TEAM TREND POINTS NEXT GAME
1

Clemson (54) 1-0

1542 vs 

Texas A&M

2

Alabama (8) 1-0

1493 vs 

New Mexico St.

3

Georgia 1-0

1407 vs 

Murray St.

4

Oklahoma 1-0

1337 vs 

South Dakota

5

Ohio St. 1-0

1270 vs 

Cincinnati

6

LSU 1-0

1233

Texas

7

Michigan 1-0

1126 vs 

Army

8

Notre Dame 1-0

+1 1037 vs 

New Mexico

9

Texas 1-0

+1 1032 vs 

LSU

10

Auburn 1-0

+6 958 vs 

Tulane

11

Florida 1-0

-3 940 vs 

UT Martin

12

Texas A&M 1-0

862

Clemson

13

Utah 1-0

+1 826 vs 

N. Illinois

14

Washington 1-0

-1 768 vs 

California

15

Penn St. 1-0

688 vs 

Buffalo

16

Oregon 0-1

-5 568 vs 

Nevada

17

Wisconsin 1-0

+2 519 vs 

C. Michigan

18

UCF 1-0

-1 445

FAU

19

Michigan St. 1-0

-1 409 vs 

W. Michigan

20

Iowa 1-0

351 vs 

Rutgers

21

Syracuse 1-0

+1 246

Maryland

22

Washington St. 1-0

+1 244 vs 

N. Colorado

23

Stanford 1-0

+2 198

USC

24

Boise St. 1-0

+9 179 vs 

Marshall

25

Iowa St. 1-0

-4 86 vs 

Iowa

25

Nebraska 1-0

-1 86

Colorado

Courtesy of CBS Sports