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College Football Rankings, Week 15: Michigan Jumps To 12th In USA Today Poll

If the USA Today Poll is any indication, Michigan is in good shape as far as making the top 14 of the final BCS standings is concerned. The Wolverines got a lot of help on Saturday, and the coaches responded by moving them all the way up to 12th in the Week 15 USA Today Poll. Michigan State is actually one spot behind Michigan despite winning their rivalry game earlier this season. That makes no sense, but there is rarely much sense involved in putting together college football rankings.

Here's a look at the full USA Today Polll for Week 15:

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Stanford
5 Oregon
6 Boise State
7 Arkansas
8 Wisconsin
9 South Carolina
10 Kansas State
11 Virginia Tech
12 Michigan
13 Michigan State
14 Clemson
15 TCU
16 Baylor
17 Houston
18 Georgia
19 Oklahoma
20 Nebraska
21 Southern Miss
22 West Virginia
23 Penn State
24 Cincinnati
25 Florida State

Michigan went from 16th to 12th by passing Michigan State, Houston, Georgia and Oklahoma. There was some concern that Baylor might move ahead of the Wolverines after an impressive win against Texas, but the Bears actually got jumped by TCU and Clemson.

The USA Today Poll is only one part of the equation that decides the BCS standings, but this is a very good sign for Michigan. Even if the computer polls don't give Michigan a big jump, the human voters seem more than willing to put the Wolverines in the top 14, which would make them eligible for an at-large berth in the BCS.