Michigan Again Falls from Top 25

After spending 113-straight weeks in the Top 25 of the college football rankings before a loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago, the University of Michigan briefly returned to the elite, only to be dropped again after a 23-20 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

The yo-yo that is Michigan's ride in the rankings this season took its downward journey again as the Wolverines found themselves once again on the losing end of a 23-20 game from a team west of Lake Michigan. The Minnesota Gophers came to Michigan Stadium on Saturday and left with the "Little Brown Jug" for the first time since 1986. As a result of the loss, Michigan dropped from the Top 25 of both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, and the AP Writers Poll. It is the second time this season the Wolverines have dropped from the top ranks of college football after spending 113-straight weeks with the elite.

Michigan received 10 votes in the Coaches Poll, and three votes from the writers. "I think obviously were not in a position we're accustomed to being in," Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr said Saturday after the game. "There are no promises out there. We are where we are. We'll see how we handle this particular situation."

The 3-3 start is the worst for Michigan since the 1990 season, and the earliest the Wolverines have dropped their third game since before the "Bo" era.

No. 10 Penn State visits Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The Nittany Lions bring a six-game winning streak to town after a 17-10 victory over No. 15 Ohio State. Penn State is another team looking to end a losing streak against the Wolverines. The last time PSU beat Michigan was in 1996. It will be the first time the two teams have faced each other in two seasons.

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