Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Michigan comes tied for 65th nationally, and 5th in the B1G with 13 returning starters.
Other notables (nationally):
- Minnesota (T-65th)
- Oklahoma (T-65th)
- Clemson (T-81st)
- Iowa (T-81st)
- Alabama (T-98th)
- Notre Dame (T-113th)
- Michigan State (T-113th)
- Ohio State (128th - dead last)
Edit: Sorry, I neglected to "fact-check" Steele's numbers. Michigan should have 14 total returning starters (8 on offense, 6 on defense), which would put them tied for 41st in the nation, and 3rd in the B1G. Steele probably assumed that AJ Williams was a starter, maybe?
It's ESPN Insider, but I'm going to include the Michigan section here. Steele's a bit full of himself and everyone on every board hates every announcer (excl. Gus Johnson) / writer (excl. Grantland) / sideline reporter (excl. that blonde on ESPN) ever, but Steele was fairly accurate re. Michigan in 2012. With most putting us squarely in the Top 10, he saw the tough schedule and road games and saw a drop from 11-2.
Well he sees that reversing in 2013. Nothing particularly revelatory for this board, but confirms many thoughts presented here on next year's prospects. Other teams noted are TCU, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, and USC.
Also, for those who HATEARGHHATEHIM Jay Bilas, he just said Michigan is the best offensive team in the country, and can win the national championship.
After a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech capped off an 11-2 2011 season, expectations were high coming into this season for the Wolverines, who were ranked in the preseason AP top 10. I rated them lower than most as their schedule was very difficult, with games against Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all coming on the road. Michigan would end up losing all four of those games (those teams combined for a 46-4 record), as well as its bowl game against South Carolina. However, while the Wolverines will have to replace record-setting quarterback Denard Robinson, I think Michigan fans will be in for a much better season in 2013. It starts with the schedule, as the Crimson Tide fall off and are replaced by Central Michigan, while Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all travel to the Big House, where Brady Hoke is a perfect 14-0 in his first two seasons as head coach. Keep in mind the Wolverines lost to the Irish and Buckeyes by a combined 12 points thanks to costly turnovers, and were trailing the Cornhuskers by a single point before Robinson's injury, which could have been a blessing in disguise, as it got backup quarterback Devin Gardner a couple of starts under his belt. Look for the offense to make major strides with a legitimate passing attack, and the defense will continue to be stout for coordinator Greg Mattison. Hoke will also welcome in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. I fully expect Michigan to top its win total from 2012.
So BlogPoll is awesome, and I like that it has accountability, rules, and people who seem to watch/analyze/investigate a lot of games.
I was wondering if anyone else had a poll idea that they really would love to see and why they think it would work.
Mine has always been to give it to the Sports Information Directors/Departments of the schools. They're generally the ones filling out the ballots for the coaches poll anyway, so why not just label it what it is?
Another notion which I would need to tinker with would be the Steele metric. The idea is that you find a bunch of people, people who depend on information analysis of college football, to put together their ballots based on both what it says on paper and what they saw. Maybe it wouldn't come out until Wednesday, but the idea would be that they would be more likely to have seen some things beyond the highlights.
Adam Jacobi of Black Heart, Gold Pants also had an interesting idea for overhauling the coaches poll which I encourage you to check out if you get a chance.