After being completely dismantled by the Alabama Crimson Tide in a season-opening loss on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines dropped a full 11 spots down to No. 19 overall in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
Brady Hoke's Wolverines entered the season at No. 8 overall with BCS title game aspirations, but ran into a juggernaut Alabama defense that completely stifled the gameplan of offensive coordinator Al Borges. The 41-14 final score not only knocked Michigan just three spots away from rival No. 22 Notre Dame, but also represented the single largest shift for any team in the opening week.
With the news that starting cornerback Blake Countess is now out for the season, Hoke's team surely faces an uphill battle in order to remain on track with its lofty goals entering the year. The Wolverines should benefit slightly from having Air Force and Massachusetts up next on their schedule, but it's looking like it will take the better part of the 2012 season for Michigan to climb back to its previous ranking at this point.
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