The Michigan Wolverines have jumped to No. 9 in the latest ESPN College Football Power Rankings following their 31-0 win over Northwestern.

Michigan rises to No. 9 in ESPN CFB Power Rankings

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have been one of the hottest commodities in college football this season and they are continuing to rise in the rankings. According to ESPN’s latest power rankings, the Wolverines are the ninth best team in the country. They are very deserving of that ranking following their 31-0 shutout of the Northwestern Wildcats this past week.

Michigan will have another chance to prove that they are one of the top teams in the nation with a date against the No. 4 ranked Michigan State Spartans this coming week.

ESPN’s College Gameday will be heading out to Ann Arbor this coming week due to the rivalry game. It is the first time in a long time that both of these teams will be considered top teams in the nation for their rivalry matchup. Harbaugh has shown that Michigan has had the talent to compete, but simply haven’t had the coaching or fundamental style of play to live up to their full potential.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, the Wolverines know that this is their one shot to prove that they should be considered for the college football playoff. They will have to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes later in the season, but this is the first step towards that ultimate goal.

This has been an exciting season for the Michigan football program and for the first time in awhile they are actually a serious contender. There is nowhere to go but up for the Wolverines and this ranking should bring even more excitement to surround their program.

Expect to see the Michigan vs. Michigan State game live up to the hype and be an entertaining battle between two bitter Big Ten conference rivals.

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