The question after Saturday’s blowout loss to Ohio State wasn’t if Michigan football would fall in the rankings.
But rather, how far?
We got an answer this afternoon in the new Associated Press Top 25. The Wolverines (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) are now eighth after being fourth for the last few weeks in the AP, USA TODAY Coaches’ poll and the College Football Playoff rankings.
Michigan, now shut out of the Big Ten title game, will wait until Dec. 2 to learn its bowl fate.
Alabama garnered all 61 first-place votes in the AP poll. The Tide is followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia. The Bulldogs play Alabama in the SEC title game on Saturday.
Oklahoma, schedule for a rematch against Texas in the Big 12 title game on Saturday, is fifth, followed by the Buckeyes, who will play Northwestern on Saturday in Indianapolis for the Big Ten crown.
Central Florida is seventh. The undefeated Knights will play Memphis in the AAC title game, but will be without star quarterback McKenzie Milton, who suffered a season-ending leg injury on Friday against South Florida.
Texas and Washington round out the top 10. Penn State (14th) and Northwestern (21st) are the only other ranked Big Ten teams.
U-M fell to No. 8 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ poll.
Associated Press Top 25, Nov. 25
3. Notre Dame
6. Ohio State
7. Central Florida
12. Washington State
14. Penn State
15. West Virginia
19. Boise State
20. Mississippi State
22. Texas A&M
24. Iowa State
25. Fresno State