The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Michigan football is Phil Steele's projected ap preseason #19
too low, but I'd rather be low than be ranked high with a lot of pressure.
Thank you for providing a non-freep link. You are a respectable citizen, great American, and Michigan man. Odes have already been written but have yet to coalesce into words.
us beating ND, Neb, and ohio.
Makes no sense at all. Those are the three best teams we play.
no sense? That he picked us to win?
Sirius XM (92) yesterday. He said we will win all of our home games.
If that's the case, he has us losing four of Iowa, Northwestern, Connecticut, MSU and Penn State.
I don't see three losses in that group, much less four.
Edit: Sorry, I didn't understand; I thought this was his rankings of teams, not his preseason rankings prediction.
Honestly "I predict that this is where voters predict teams will finish" seems like kind of a silly thing to do.
It makes perfect sense. He is predicting that the "Preseason AP Poll" will have us ranked #19. He clearly states that these are not his predicion of order of finish, but rather his prediction of the preseason AP poll.
He can easily think that the AP preseason poll will have us underrated.
If we beat those three teams, no one else will beat us. There's no one else who has the weapons to beat us besides those teams.
Northwestern will be better than Nebraska this year
I don't think they're great, and their schedule is brutal so they likely won't be a threat in the Legends division.
ND and Ohio are several levels above all other teams on our schedule. Nebraska will have a good/tricky offense, but a terrible defense. Again in their spring game today they didn't tackle, let WRs run free, and their coaches don't seem to think they need a safety in the middle if the field, ever.
NW is going to be a good team, with a disciplined D and talent and play makers on offense. Better than Nebraska
Ha. Phil Steele. This is the guy who had Michigan going 6-6 in 2011 and to the Pizza Bowl.
Not to mention his consistent picking of a FSU vs OU championship game.
That seems about right to me as a preseason prediction. There are some big question marks on this team (interior OL, DL, secondary, running game), and while I think the team as a whole will be much better than it was last year, they're unproven. Plus I prefer being under-ranked than last year when we were way over-ranked.
I'll read Steele when he stops presenting his website like an astrological conspiracy theorist. Is he fucking color blind? He has gotten a little better but still... I feel like I'm about to be told Hoffa was a secret Mayan priest with the Codex.
To project what a poll is going to be?
Let's take a poll to find out.
I might rank Stanford and A&M over OSU. Both seem like more complete teams at this point. But that's Urban Meyer love for you.
I'm a little surprised Northwestern is below us, for a team that is coming off a 10-win season and returning pretty much everyone, and I'm almost offended Nebraska is ranked ahead of us. I'm yet to be convinced that Nebraska is a good team under Pelini.
Perhaps you are not aware that Phil Steele lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is a rabid OSU fan. He always thinks OSU is the best team in the country.
EDIT: I should point out that, while Steele is an unabashed OSU homer, he is correct in that OSU will likely be ranked very highly and that they have an unbelievably easy schedule for 2013. I would be absolutely stunned if they lost more than two games next season.
thats cool.. i'll take it. no pressure, just win your games and the rest will take care of itself. ND last year
Phil Steele is an absolute moron and couldn't tell his ass from a hole in the ground.
He has us as one of us 5 teams on the rise: http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8831316/michigan-wolverines-five-teams-rise-2013-college-football