Michigan Slips and Michigan State Drops Out of the Latest AP Top 25 Football Poll

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September 16, 2019

It was not a good week for Michigan teams in the College Football AP Top 25 Football Poll. What’s even worse, the Wolverines lost ground and they did not even play.

The Top 5 remained the same with Clemson and Alabama 1 & 2, followed by Georgia, LSU, and Oklahoma.

Michigan Drops a Spot on a Bye Week

Still suffering from the close call in their overtime win against Army, the Michigan Wolverines dropped from 10th to 11th this week. Despite having Saturday off. Utah’s 31-0 win over Idaho State was enough to push them past Michigan and into the Top 10.

Hopefully, the extra days of preparation help Coach Jim Harbaugh get his team ready to face the Wisconsin Badgers on the road, in the Big 10 opener for both teams. Wisconsin is ranked 13th tied with Penn State. The only other ranked conference teams are Ohio State at number 6 and Iowa ranked 18th.

Michigan State Exits AP 25 After Loss to Arizona State

Michigan State put up some offensive numbers but yards gained did not result in points on the scoreboard. Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for 291 yards completing 24 of 38 passes, no interceptions, and no touchdowns. But Lewerke did fumble on a quarterback keeper in Arizona State territory during the first half.

Arizona State converted a field goal before halftime to take a 3-0 lead. Michigan State kicker Matt Coghlin missed 48 and 47-yard attempts keeping the Spartans off the scoreboard.

Michigan State’s defense gets the job done against Arizona State. But, the offense fails the test. / Photo Courtesy of msuspartans.com

Michigan State’s Elijah Collins scored on a 9-yard touchdown run midway through the 4th quarter to put the Spartans ahead 7-3. Arizona State responded with a TD of their own and took back the lead 10-7.

Coghlin had a chance to take the game to overtime and he booted a 42-yard field goal through the uprights. Unfortunately, Michigan State had 12 men on the field. Coghlin’s 2nd attempt from 47 yards was no good.

Michigan State opens Big 10 play next week against Northwestern and will try and climb back into the rankings.

Updated Sep 15, 2019

RANK TEAM TREND POINTS NEXT GAME
1

Clemson (57) 3-0

1545

vs 

Charlotte

2

Alabama (5) 3-0

1488

vs 

So. Miss

3

Georgia 3-0

1386

vs 

Notre Dame

4

LSU 3-0

1339

Vanderbilt

5

Oklahoma 3-0

1310

vs 

Texas Tech

6

Ohio St. 3-0

1292

vs 

Miami (Ohio)

7

Notre Dame 2-0

1099

Georgia

8

Auburn 3-0

1079

Texas A&M

9

Florida 3-0

959

vs 

Tennessee

10

Utah 3-0

 +1 929

USC

11

Michigan 2-0

 –1 917

Wisconsin

12

Texas 2-1

888

vs 

Oklahoma St.

13

Penn St. 3-0

726

Maryland

13

Wisconsin 2-0

 +1 726

vs 

Michigan

15

UCF 3-0

+ 2 703

Pittsburgh

16

Oregon 2-1

1 670

Stanford

17

Texas A&M 2-1

1 665

vs 

Auburn

18

Iowa 3-0

+ 1 539

vs 

Middle Tenn.

19

Washington St. 3-0

+ 1 452

vs 

UCLA

20

Boise St. 3-0

+ 2 277

vs 

Air Force

21

Virginia 3-0

+ 4 252

vs 

Old Dominion

22

Washington 2-1

 +1 183

BYU

23

California 3-0

+ 4 164

Ole Miss

24

Arizona St. 3-0

+ 11 156

vs 

Colorado

25

TCU 2-0

+ 4 104

vs 

SMU

Poll Courtesy of CBS Sports

 

 

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