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Michigan falls 4 spots in AP, coaches polls after loss to OSU

With Saturday’s stunning loss to Ohio State comes the subsequent fall in the polls.

Michigan did just that on Sunday, falling four spots in both the eyes of the media and coaches.

This week’s Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll both have the Wolverines at No. 8. The final College Football Playoff poll — used to determine the four-team playoff — will be released Tuesday night, before the selection show airs next Sunday.

As expected, Ohio State jumped Michigan in both polls, checking in at No. 6, after its 62-39 win in Columbus. With the victory, the Buckeyes clinched a berth to the Big Ten title game Saturday in Indianapolis.

While Michigan (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) clinched a share of the Big Ten East crown, the program has not qualified for a league title game or the CFP in Jim Harbaugh’s four-season tenure.

In one game, Michigan goes from playoff contender to bust

The top three remain unchanged in both polls (Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame), while Georgia and Oklahoma both moved up to No. 4 and 5, respectively. Alabama plays Georgia for the SEC championship Saturday night in Atlanta.

Unbeaten Central Florida, which will play for the American championship next weekend, jumped Michigan to No. 7.

Meanwhile, the next-highest ranked Big Ten team was Penn State, at No. 12 in the coaches poll and No. 14 in the AP poll. Northwestern, the Big Ten West champion, is No. 21 in both polls.

Saturday marked the conclusion of Michigan’s regular-season schedule. It will await a bowl invite, likely to come sometime next Sunday.

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