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Northwestern drops to No. 20 in AP Poll after loss to Michigan

Northwestern has slipped seven spots to No. 20 in the Week 7 AP Poll after getting blown out by Michigan, 38-0, on Saturday.

The Wildcats had risen to No. 13 in the AP Poll after Week 5, their highest ranking since 2000. They could have been primed to leap into the top 10 with a win at Michigan.

Instead, it's the Wolverines who have made a big leap after their dominant win. Jim Harbaugh's team jumped six spots to No. 12.

One of the teams moving ahead of Northwestern was Iowa, Northwestern's Week 7 opponent. The Hawkeyes, still undefeated, will come to Evanston on homecoming as the No. 17 team in the country.

Northwestern is one of five Big Ten teams in the poll, and is the fifth-highest ranked team of the five. Ohio State remains No. 1; Michigan State has fallen three spots to No. 7.

Elsewhere in Northwestern opponent movement, Stanford comes in at No. 16. Duke makes its first appearance in the Poll at No. 25.

Here's the bottom portion of the poll:


The Wildcats also fell to No. 21 in the Week 7 Coaches Poll.

Interestingly, Northwestern actually moved up — 17 spots in fact — in the opponent-adjusted S&P+ rankings, a reflection of Michigan's top-three S&P+ ranking.