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Michigan football rankings after Week 8: A pair of west-side top-five blowouts shake up rankings heading final week of 2019 regular season

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, October 21, 2019, 1:56 pm

A pair of lopsided west-side results, and one in the central part of the state resulted in the only major movement in Week 8 of the regular season. Grandville knocked off previously-unbeaten Rockford — and did it emphatically — to earn the Bulldogs re-entry into the rankings, while Mona Shores lost its fifth straight to cross-town rival Muskegon, getting shut out in a loss for the first time since 2008. Both tumbled out of the top 10 — with the Sailors dropping out of the top 25 entirely, along with a Mt. Pleasant team that took its second one-point loss to a team from Midland, this time losing 13-12 to a Midland Dow team clinging to its playoff life. 

River Rouge jumps into the rankings after shutting down Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

1 Muskegon (8-0) — Beat No. 7 Muskegon Mona Shores, 53-0. (Last ranking: 1) Up next: at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer.

2 Belleville (8-0) — Beat Livonia Franklin, 39-29. (Last ranking: 2) Up next: at No. 9 Plymouth in KLAA championship game

3 Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley (8-0) — Beat HM Romeo, 21-17. (Last ranking: 3) Up next: home vs. Utica

4 West Bloomfield (7-1) — Beat Oxford, 41-0. (Last ranking: 4) Up next: at Warren De La Salle.

5 Oak Park (7-1) — Beat Troy Athens, 41-6. (Last ranking: 6) Up next: at Oxford.

6 Birmingham Groves (7-1) — Beat Birmingham Seaholm, 35-14. (Last ranking: 8) Up next: at No. 14 Brownstown Woodhaven.

7 Midland (8-0) — Beat Bay City John Glenn, 56-0. (Last ranking: 9) Up next: at Midland Dow

8 Lake Orion (7-1) — Beat Clarkston, 55-21. (Last ranking: 10) Up next: home vs. Monroe.

9 Plymouth (8-0) — Beat Salem, 49-0. (Last ranking: 11) Up next: home vs. No. 2 Belleville in KLAA championship game

10 Chelsea (8-0) — Beat Tecumseh, 41-0. (Last ranking: 12) Up next: at Ann Arbor Skyline

11 Edwardsburg (8-0) — Beat Allegan, 63-20. (Last ranking: 13) Up next: at Paw Paw

12 Walled Lake Western (7-1) — Beat Walled Lake Northern, 35-10. (Last ranking: 15) Up next: at Walled Lake Central.

13 Dearborn Fordson (7-1) — Beat Dearborn, 38-10. (Last ranking: 16) Up next: at HM Brighton

14 Brownstown Woodhaven (8-0) — Beat Trenton, 42-21. (Last ranking: 17) Up next: home vs. No. 6 Birmingham Groves.

15 Lapeer (7-1) — Beat Birmingham Brother Rice, 34-10. (Last ranking: 18) Up next: at No. 21 Davison

16 Byron Center (8-0) — Beat Hudsonville Unity Christian, 33-20. (Last ranking: 19) Up next: at Holland.

17 Saline (7-1) — Beat Ann Arbor Pioneer, 56-13. (Last ranking: 20) Up next: home vs. Grand Blanc

18 Grandville (7-1) — Beat No. 5 Rockford, 30-3. (Last ranking: NR) Up next: at Caledonia

19 Rockford (7-1) — Lost to Grandville, 30-3. (Last ranking: 5) Up next: home vs. East Kentwood

20 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (7-1) — Beat Dearborn Divine Child, 42-0. (Last ranking: 21) Up next: vs. Novi Detroit Catholic Central Saturday (5 p.m.) in Prep Bowl at EMU

21 Davison (7-1) — Beat Saginaw Arthur Hill, 55-0. (Last ranking: 22) Up next: home vs. No. 15 Lapeer

22 South Lyon (7-1) — Beat Milford, 54-27. (Last ranking: 23) Up next: home vs. South Lyon East

23 Grosse Pointe South (7-1) — Beat Grosse Pointe North, 42-0. (Last ranking: 24) Up next: at Romeo

24 Battle Creek Lakeview (8-0) — Beat Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 54-14. (Last ranking: 25) Up next: home vs. Battle Creek Harper Creek.

25 River Rouge (7-1) — Beat Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 16-3. (Last ranking: HM) Up next: at Southfield A&T

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Dropped out: No. 7 Muskegon Mona Shores (6-2) — Lost to No. 1 Muskegon, 53-0; No. 14 Mt. Pleasant (6-2) — Lost to Midland Dow, 13-12.

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The next five:

Brighton (7-1)

Detroit King (6-2)

North Farmington (8-0)

Mason (8-0) 

Portage Northern (7-1)