The Bible---Phil Steele's 2009 Preview--described as the "Most Accurate Preseason Magazine" is out today.
UM's pre-season national rank is #48, (6th in B10) despite having many of its units ranked in the top 25 (O Line #17, D Backs #17, Special Teams #20--including the #1 ranked punter in the Nation, D Line #24 and Running Backs #24--although Brandon Minor is rated the #31 draft eligible back in the country and #3 back overall in the Big Ten. QBs, LBs and WR units not ranked.
He does have UM as the #4 Most Improved Team for 2009. Where else you gonna go but up?
Amazingly, OSU has no skill position players that are draft eligible (QB, WR & RB) ranked in the Top 60 at their position (other than Ray Small #45 WR).
Weird note: Ryan Mallett is the #7 ranked draft eligible QB in the country.
OSU's only 1st Team All Big Ten on offense? Yep. Justin Boren.
Brandon Graham and the Mesko-nator are 1st Team All Big Ten. Minor, Schilling and Martin are 2nd Team All-Big Ten. Martavious 4th Team WR.
Team Rankings: FLA #1, TX #2, USC #3, OK #4 and PSU #5.
Others: OSU #10, Illinois #19, Iowa #20, MSU #29, Wisky #38.
Notre Dame....wait for it....is pre-season #7. Wow.
Heisman Hopeful Top 3: Gatorade into Wine Tebow Jesus, Colt, Bradford. Juice Box Williams is the #7 hopeful followed by Royster at #8. Pryor mentioned as a contender.
Interesting stuff. Discuss.