Raise your hand if you're surprised Michigan is ranked? No one? Ok, let's move on and take a look at the notable details from this week's rankings.
Best of the best
First up, is a record for Ohio State:
Ohio State has now been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll 100 weeks ... second all-time to Oklahoma, which has been so 101 times.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) September 27, 2015
Michigan State is still #2, despite their Oregon win being exposed as slightly less impressive following the butt whipping the Ducks suffered thanks to Utah. Our friends at TCU survived their battle against Tortilla Toss University to be ranked #3/#4.
The rest of the B1G
After than, there aren't any ranked teams that are of immediate interest to Minnesota fans until we get to #16. Northwestern moved up to #16 in the AP while remaining #17 in the Coaches poll following their not as pretty as expected win over Ball State last night. Wisconsin is right behind them (#18 Coaches, #19 AP) following another defensive victory against Hawaii. And the media? The media is ready to fawn over Jim Harbaugh and confirm their own preseason hype by moving Michigan up to #22 in the AP poll. To be fair, the advanced stats buy Michigan as well, as the S&P+ has them ranked 10th. Don't let that keep you from ragging on the AP votes though.
You may be asking, what about the Gophers? No one here thinks Minnesota deserves to be ranked in the AP or Coaches polls and as expected they are not (they are at "#40" in the ORV category for AP, "#41" in the Coaches) . But the computers are pretty impressed with the Gophers, as the S&P+ rankings have Minnesota at #20. Why so high? Normally you might say Minnesota's defense, and indeed they are #11 in the S&P+ defensive rankings. But more important to this ranking is Minnesota's offense, which jumped up to #67 in the S&P+. One important note to remember is that this is the final week where S&P+ still considers preseason information (like last year's final ranking) in their numbers.
Here's the full Top 25 table for both major polls and the S&P+.
|1||Ohio State (45)||Ohio State (61)||Alabama|
|2||Michigan State (5)||Michigan State (2)||Florida State|
|3||Ole Miss (10)||TCU||West Virginia|
|5||Baylor||Ole Miss (1)||Ole Miss|
|7||UCLA||Notre Dame||Ohio State|
|15||Oklahoma||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|21||Mississipi State||West Virginia||Florida|
|22||Michigan||Mississippi State||Penn State|
|25||Florida||Oregon (tie)||Texas A&M|