AP Poll: Michigan slides up to No. 3, Western Michigan cracks top 20

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Very rarely does it happen, but often enough you will see teams across college football who have a bye week and end up improving their stance in the AP Top 25 rankings. That was the case for the Michigan Wolverines over the weekend. They were off and ranked No. 4 and surely in position to fall back should teams behind them put together impressive performances.

But that was not the case. In fact, the exact opposite happened. Thanks to (3) Clemson needing overtime to down a scrappy NC State team at home, the voters opted to flip-flop Michigan with the Tigers, sliding the Wolverines up to No. 3 in the poll.

It’s their highest ranking in the AP Poll since the 2006 campaign when they got as high as No. 2 overall and finished the season 11-2. Michigan also received one first-place vote. The remaining 60 went to near-unanimous Alabama, who steamrolled (9) Tennessee on the road, 49-10. The Tide scooped up any and all first-place votes both Clemson and Ohio State had left after needing an extra session to eke out wins.

Meanwhile, down the road in Kalamazoo, the Western Michigan Broncos continued their dominant start to the season, spanking Akron 41-0 on the road on Saturday to improve their record to 7-0. The undefeated start stands as their best mark since the early-1940s.

Here is a look at the Top 25:

  1. Alabama (60)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan (1)
  4. Clemson
  5. Washington
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Louisville
  8. Nebraska
  9. Baylor
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Houston
  12. West Virginia
  13. Florida State
  14. Boise State
  15. Florida
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Arkansas
  18. Tennessee
  19. Utah
  20. Western Michigan
  21. Auburn
  22. North Carolina
  23. Ole Miss
  24. Navy
  25. LSU