U-M Drops from Top-25 for First Time Since 1998

With the 23-20 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines dropped out of the Top 25 college football rankings for the first time since the 1998 season.

After reaching the No. 3 spot in Week Two, the Michigan Wolverines find themselves out of the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 24, 1998 (111 weeks) after a 23-20 Big Ten Conference opening game loss to Wisconsin. The last time Michigan was out of the Top 25 also occured after two September losses. Coming off the 1997 National Championship year, Michigan opened the 1998 campaign with losses to Notre Dame and Syracuse. The Fighting Irish has had a hand in the current demise as well, handing Michigan its first setback of the 2005 season by a score of 17-10 on Sept. 10.

The road does not get any easier for the Wolverines as they travel to East Lansing on Saturday to face the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans. Then they are home for two games against Minnesota and Penn State.

Here is the complete USA Today/ESPN Rankings:

1. USC (60) 3-0 1,547
2. Texas (1) 3-0 1,482
3. Virginia Tech (1) 4-0 1,382
4. LSU 1-0 1,370
5. Florida 4-0 1,298
6. Georgia 4-0 1,239
7. Florida State 3-0 1,196
8. Ohio State 3-1 1,083
9. Tennessee 1-1 968
10. Miami 2-1 945
11. California 4-0 876
12. Michigan State 4-0 688
13. Texas Tech 3-0 683
14. Notre Dame 3-1 643
15. Arizona State 3-1 629
16. Alabama 4-0 609
17. Wisconsin 4-0 489
18. Virginia 3-0 484
19. Minnesota 4-0 396
20. Purdue 2-1 360
20. UCLA 3-0 360
22. Louisville 2-1 308
23. Boston College 3-1 255
24. Auburn 3-1 133
24. Georgia Tech 3-1 133

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
Iowa State 118, Michigan 108, West Virginia 90, Penn State 82, Vanderbilt 35, Oregon 34, TEXAS AM 29, Iowa 21, UTEP 18, Toledo 14, Utah 13, Clemson 7, Kansas State 6, Wyoming 5, Fresno State 4, Colorado 3, Boise State 2, Nebraska 2, TCU 2, New Mexico 1.

DROPPED FROM RANKINGS
Michigan 13, Iowa 21.

From ESPN: Coaches and AP Polls.

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