The No. 1 ranking, like an orphan on the doorstep, has been thrust into Gary Moeller's life, and the Michigan coach would just as soon slam the door and have it go someplace else - for a while at least.
"I'd be the happiest guy in the world if it were Jan. 2," Moeller said. "I'm not worried about the No. 1 ranking."Michigan (3-1) vaulted from No. 3 to the top spot in The Associated Press poll after Notre Dame and Florida State both were defeated over the weekend. This is the earliest in the 54-year history of the poll that a team with a loss on its record has been voted No. 1.
Michigan received 34 first-place votes and 1,453 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Undefeated Virginia, which didn't play last week, was second with 14 first-place votes and 1,384 points.
Once-beaten Miami jumped six spots to No. 3 with six first-place votes and 1,324 points. Rounding out the Top 10 are Oklahoma, Tennessee, Auburn, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State.
The No. 8 ranking is the lowest for Notre Dame in two years.
Eight teams received first-place votes, the most since 1985.
Illinois is ranked 11th, followed by Houston, Brigham Young, Colorado, Clemson, Southern Cal, Washington, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Texas A&M and Arizona.
The No. 18 ranking is the highest for Georgia Tech since 1984.