Bye Week Bonanza!

Thanks to the misfortunes of three teams in the top 10 this past Saturday, Michigan jumped into the top five in both major polls, without playing a down.

Miami, Florida State, and Virginia Tech all lost this weekend and fell in the latest rankings. Their loss was the Wolverines' gain as Michigan jumped three spots in each poll to sit in the top five for the first time since the fourth week of the season.

If the Wolverines can win out it will be their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1997. Michigan is also back in the national title hunt but will need some help from other teams. LSU and Southern Cal would need to lose, and Michigan would need to take care of Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Ohio State (Nov. 22) in order to make the trip to New Orleans.

If Michigan does win out they will at least be gauranteed a trip to the Rose Bowl which will also be their first since the 1997 season.

The new ESPN/USA Today/Coaches Top 25

1. Oklahoma
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Texas
8. Washington State
9. TCU
10. Purdue
11. Florida State
12. Virginia Tech
13. Tennessee
14. Miami
15. Nebraska
16. Pittsburgh
17. Minnesota
18. Florida
19. Mississippi
20. Iowa
21. Northern Illinois
22. Michigan State
23. Boise State
24. Miami (OHIO)
25. Kansas State

The Associated Press Writers Top 25

1. Oklahoma
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. Texas
7. Georgia
8. Washington State
9. Tennessee
10. TCU
11. Purdue
12. Virginia Tech
13. Florida State
14. Miami
15. Florida
16. Pittsburgh
17. Mississippi
18. Nebraska
19. Minnesota
20. Iowa
21. Northern Illinois
21. Michigan State
23. Miami (OHIO)
24. Boise State 8-1 127 NR 25. Bowling Green

ESPN predicts that Monday's BCS Poll will have Oklahoma and USC and ranked #1 and #2; then with LSU and OSU reversed with OSU #3 and LSU #4; and then with Michigan #5.

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