I've seen a lot of rankings:
#8 [Sporting News]
#18 [Pre-Snap Read]
...and of course it's difficult to tell where we *should* be. But if we are to take preseason rankings as a combination of:
A. Indication of relative quality compared to other teams on the list
B. Indication of where we will end the season, considering factors exogenous to our level of quality, such as number of games played away and strength of schedule
...then where would you rank University of Michigan?
I tend to think the #6 and #8 rankings are a bit high. After all, we have a rough schedule that includes 5 games I consider "losable" [[email protected], @Notre Dame, MSU, @Nebraska and @Ohio] and three more home games that we should win, but won't necessarily be easy [Air Force. Northwestern and Iowa].
I'm already on record predicting a 9-3 regular season, of either the 9-3 [7-1] or 9-3 [6-2] varieties. Because of that, I'm going to say the #13 ranking looks most realistic to me. We will be good enough to win some big, high-profile games, but I doubt 9-3 would be good enough to crack the top 10. Unless, of course, we make it to the Big 10 Championship, win it, and then beat the very good and highly ranked loser of USC/Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
What does everyone else think?