Notre Dame entered last weekend ranked 23rd in both the AP and Coach’s Poll. Saturday’s 35-0 shutout of Nevada was enough to convince voters that Notre Dame deserved to be ranked a little bit higher though as Notre Dame moved up to 18th in the AP Poll and 20th in the USA Today Poll.
The only Notre Dame opponent ranked in each poll is still USC which came in at #3 in both polls. USC even received a first place vote in the USA Today Poll.
This weekend’s opponent – Michigan – received votes in both polls. The Wolverines came in at 36th in the AP Poll and 41st in the USA Today Poll. With Michigan outside the top 25, this will be the first time since 1985 an unranked Michigan team will host a ranked Notre Dame team. In 2007, both schools entered the game unranked and sporting 0-2 records to mark the first time neither team was ranked when they faced each other. Neither team was ranked again last year when Michigan traveled to Notre Dame Stadium.
Michgan State was the 26th ranked team in the USA Today Poll and the 27th ranked team in the AP Poll. Also receiving votes were Pitt (28th AP, 32nd USA Today) and Boston College (39th AP, 43rd USA Today).