According to Adam Rittenberg at ESPN - 9th. Whoa. Below Indiana. And Northwestern. And Iowa. I understand that a lot of people (mostly who did not actually watch the game) think that Michigan is pretty poor after losing the cripple fight, but I think that's a bit of a stretch. They also have OSU at 3rd, and I know they lost to USC, but what team in the Big Ten wouldn't get smoked by USC in LA. I think Mr. Rittenberg puts a little too much weight there. Half the teams above us haven't played a single decent team anyway, don't punish the ones who have just because they lost.
How does Michigan stand in the Big Ten?
Michigan is tied for first with all of the other Big Ten teams. Conference play hasn't started yet.
to prove him wrong, and I think we will. But, if you are just looking at performance and not potential, despite the quality of USC, I think you have to rank it like that. Our unforced errors were still OUR mistakes even if we are faster and stronger or better in other ways. Also, without Chris Wells, OSU isn't great. I expect us to be middle of the pack at the end of the year. Behind OSU, PSU, Wisconsin, MSU or Illinois. Also, I think Utah is ok and would not be in the top half of the Big Ten. ND is not good.
This year's Utes would compete for the title in this year's big 10, so long as brian johnson is their QB.
Otherwise, I agree about our chances in the Big 10. I think we can have a winning record in league play.
maybe they could win the B10. Brian Johnson is pretty sweet. But I feel like they tried to give us that game when we were the weakest I have ever seen a Michigan team
OSU being third is totally absurd. They will still win the Big 10 and lose, at most, one more regular season game.
NIne seems reasonable to me. What have they done to be higher? Sports Illustrated's preseason rankings are looking more and more prophetic.