As we near the end of the football season, there will be much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth concerning where M ended up in national rankings in various categories (offense, defense, etc.).
Before getting too excited (good or bad) keep this in mind:
The difference between being ranked in the top 25 and being ranked below #80 is usually just +/- 10%.
For example: Total offense: #55 = 390 Yards/Game. Subtract 10% and you get to 351 and rank #82. Add 10% and you get to 429 and rank #23.
My point? It does not really take a huge improvement on the field to change the national rankings. Is it unreasonable to expect M could get 10% better next year?
Also, the national rankings include the FCS teams as well as the BCS teams. This has a tendency to muck the works also.
For example: 6 of the top 10 ranked teams in Total Offense are NOT from the BCS.