DETROIT – For the first time since midway through the 2013 season, the Michigan Wolverines are ranked in the college football AP Poll, rising to No. 22 after waxing then-No. 22 BYU, 31-0, at the Big House on Saturday.
Michigan has won three straight games after starting the season with a road loss to Utah, which is ranked No. 8 in the country. Since that game, the Wolverines have knocked off Oregon State, UNLV and BYU by a combined score of 94-14.
The team's first win over a ranked opponent since 2013 (a 41-30 victory over No. 14 Notre Dame) provided the first boost into the Top 25 since Week 10 of the 2013 season, when Michigan was ranked No. 23 in the poll. The Wolverines lost, 29-6, to Michigan State that week, falling from the rankings for good.
Michigan's win over No. 14 Notre Dame propelled it to No. 11 in the nation, the highest the team has been since the 2012 preseason AP Poll (No. 8).
Jim Harbaugh will try for his first road win as Michigan head coach on Saturday as the Wolverines kick off Big Ten play in Maryland. The trip will be Michigan's first to Byrd Stadium since the Terrapins joined the conference two seasons ago.
Ohio State (No. 1) and Michigan State (No. 2) held on to the top two spots in the rankings, while Northwestern (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 19) both remained in the top 25.
The full rankings are below: