Michigan cracks AP poll for first time
Yes, it was enough.
Michigan’s 31-0 drubbing of No. 22 BYU swayed the voters enough to put the Wolverines into the Associated Press poll at the No. 22 spot. It marks the first time that Michigan made its way into the poll since November 2013, when it earned the No. 23 spot.
The Wolverines got their first win over a ranked opponent in two years and earned their first shutout in three.
Leading the way to that drubbing was a balanced attack from De’Veon Smith and Jake Rudock. Smith’s 60-yard touchdown run was part of a 24-point second quarter, which was the team’s best offensive output of the season.
Rudock also had a career-high two touchdown runs and didn’t throw an interception for the first time this season.
Michigan earned its place in the poll alongside four other B1G teams. No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 19 all retained spots in the weekly poll.
The Wolverines were left off the Coaches Poll, but did receive more votes than any team not ranked in the poll. They’ll look to continue their climb in the Jim Harbaugh era when they travel to Maryland for the B1G opener next Saturday.