Michigan Football Moves Up In AP Poll Despite Bye Week
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Michigan Football Moves Up In AP Poll Despite Bye Week

The Michigan Wolverines were idle this past weekend, but that did not stop them from moving up the latest batch of college football polls.

Michigan slid into the No. 6 spot in the AP and Coaches polls despite the bye with their record at 6-0. Other Big Ten teams in this week's AP poll include Ohio State (fifth), Penn State (seventh), Michigan State (ninth), Iowa (11th) and Purdue (25th). Iowa's slide from the second-ranked team in the country came due to a 24-7 loss to Purdue on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines welcome Northwestern to Ann Arbor this weekend for a noon kickoff from Michigan Stadium. The Wildcats beat Rutgers by a score of 21-7 on Saturday afternoon in Evanston.

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Michigan Wolverines football comes out of the bye week at 6-0 ahead of Saturday's game vs. Northwestern (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Wolverines have a tough schedule ahead, which includes three opponents that are currently ranked — at No. 9 Michigan State (Oct. 30), at No. 7 Penn State (Nov. 13) and versus No. 5 Ohio State (Nov. 27).

Also notable is Michigan State's undefeated mark heading into its bye week. A Michigan win on Saturday would make Oct. 30's rivalry game the first top ten matchup between the two teams since the 1961 season.

Here is a look at the rest of the AP poll rankings following this weekend's games.

AP Poll – Week 8

1. Georgia

2. Cincinnati

3. Oklahoma

4. Alabama

5. Ohio State

6. Michigan

7. Penn State

8. Oklahoma State

9. Michigan State

10. Oregon

11. Iowa

12. Ole Miss

13. Notre Dame

14. Coastal Carolina

15. Kentucky

16. Wake Forest

17. Texas A&M

18. North Carolina State

19. Auburn

20. Baylor

21. SMU

22. San Diego State

23. Pittsburgh

24. UTSA

25. Purdue

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