Michigan football was idle in Week 7, but that didn’t change the fact that the Wolverines moved up in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
With No. 2 Iowa losing to unranked Purdue, the maize and blue moved up one spot, from No. 7 to 6, with rival Michigan State right behind at No. 7. The two face off on Oct. 30 — Michigan plays Northwestern in Week 8 while MSU has a bye.
Fellow future opponents, Ohio State and Penn State, are No. 5 and 8, respectively.
Big Ten power rankings after Week 7: Movement near the top after Iowa’s upset
Schools dropped out:
No. 17 Florida; No. 19 Arkansas; No. 20 Brigham Young; No. 22 Arizona State.
Others receiving votes:
Iowa State 38; Utah 35; Arkansas 31; Florida 23; Brigham Young 23; Air Force 20; UL Lafayette 18; Arizona State 18; Purdue 16; Houston 11; Virginia 6; Texas 4; Louisiana State 2; Fresno State 1.