ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan continues to plummet in the national rankings.
Michigan lost 42-13 Saturday at No. 2 Penn State, which sent the Wolverines lower in the national polls.
The Wolverines fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since the week of Sept. 20, 2015. Michigan did receive 60 votes in the poll, the second-most of any unranked team.
Michigan was ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll on Sunday.
Previous rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 19/15
New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): XX/25
What it means: Michigan had an opportunity to earn a signature win Saturday against No. 2 Penn State. Instead, Michigan gave AP poll voters another reason to drop the Wolverines in the national polls.
This time, it was a legitimate reason. Michigan had its lowest offensive output of the season in a 42-13 loss Saturday at Penn State, and the Nittany Lions found the Wolverines’ flaws, particularly on the offensive line. Penn State sacked Michigan quarterback John O’Korn seven times and didn’t allow the Wolverines much room for offensive creativity.
The Wolverines need convincing wins in its next three games to have a shot at earning votes and moving back up. Michigan fell in the polls after a 27-20 overtime win at Indiana on Oct. 14; Indiana is last in the Big Ten East Division. The Wolverines host Rutgers on Saturday, then faces Minnesota and Maryland, teams that have had erratic seasons but who could also benefit from playing in competitive games against Michigan.
What’s next: Michigan (5-2, 2-2) hosts Rutgers (3-4, 2-2) at noon ET Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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