October 2nd, 2011 at 12:18 PM ^

You are correct; it is a bit too high: but it is great for the program.  And who's to say that MIchigan won't earn a top ten slot by the end of the season?  We'll know a lot more in the next few weeks, as will the pollsters.

I'm just going to enjoy it for all it's worth right now.

Wolverine Devotee

October 2nd, 2011 at 1:04 PM ^

I upvoted your comment because it displays classic idiocy.

I bet you wish you could back to the Big 12 after last night huh? Ouch. You have no defense. How about you go look at the B1G standings and look at whose at the top of the division.


October 2nd, 2011 at 1:34 PM ^

You are fucking dumb.

If the AP and coaches all went on an acid trip tonight, saw the glory of MICH in the universe and revised their polls so that we were ranked #1, it would be nothing but a plus for our program.

Our ranking is important, as there are recruits in this class, as well as in subsequent classes, waiting to see how well Michigan performs this year. Even if we are not a top ten team as far as our ability is concerned, it doesn't matter as long as recruits see, "Michigan is ranked #11? They must be on their way back."


October 2nd, 2011 at 1:02 PM ^

I actually think that's about right and the way it should be (a little more backward looking based on W-Ls than on forward/Vegas projections).  It'll take care of itself as long as W-L is the top factor.

FWIW, Sagarin has us at #12 using his RATING metric (#9 using his points-based PREDICTOR).  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt11.htm  (still not WELL-CONNECTED).



October 2nd, 2011 at 12:17 PM ^

Wow.  Way to high.  I think we can beat NW, but honestly, I don't think we can get my MSU.  That would be crazy going into the MSU game as a top 10 team which could certainly be possible.  Geez.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:25 PM ^

Not that we can't beat them; we certainly have a chance.  But you don't get to the #1 D in the land, even when the highest ranked O you played that you didn't lose to is ranked only like 96.  That D is good.  They pressured OSU like none other and played inspired and got off blocks.  I'm just not confident enough in Denard's passing to be able to go over the top on them when they bring pressure.  Our O-line is going to have to play smart and physical.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:35 PM ^

Don't forget that OSU still has several players suspended.  This offense hasn't been solid all year.  I am worried about the MSU game, but beating OSU isn't that big of a deal.  Notre Dame is better than OSU...I almost think Western Michigan could beat OSU and if you laugh at that...isn't Western better than Toledo?


October 2nd, 2011 at 1:17 PM ^

While tOSU managed only 178 yds of total offense against MSU, they also only managed 209 yds versus Miami-FL.

RIght now, tOSU is a bad team.  We'll see how they fare now that the suspended players are back, but they need help in the trenches more than at the non-QB skill positions, and they're only getting back a so-so starter in OL Mike Adams & last yr DT reserve Solomon Thomas.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^

Everyone is saying too high, but I honestly haven't seen many other teams outside the top ten that I don't think we can hang with.  Another thing we are forgetting is that this team may be for real.  We have a good shot at winning the Legends, and if we do that, we should be a fringe top ten team.  It is early, but not many other teams have the resume we do.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^

after watching the games the only team that looks better than us in the Big Ten is Wisconsin who we do not play.

We beat ND which pounded MSU which pounded OSU. Neb looks overrrated and beatable.

Purdue Iowa NW all look poor. We could be 12-0 meeting Wisc in the big ten championship.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

I like where your heads at son! I will be able to agree with you a little more about the 12-0 thing when we beat Nebraska to go 11-0. I can easily see 9 wins being our floor though.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 PM ^

OK, I think you're getting way ahead of yourself.  After the MSU game we will have a much better understanding of how good we are, but until then it's waaaayyyy to early to think about a 12-0.  We could also end up 5-7 too.  We have no idea how the breaks of a football season are going to treat us.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:22 PM ^

I honestly thought we'd be sitting around #15.  While I'm definitely excited about our team this season, I think #11 is a little high considering we haven't even played on the road yet.  If we dominate NW next weekend, then I'll probably think differently.  But I'd definitely like to see if our effort on the road can match what it has been at home first.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

having Denard, beating ND in a memorable prime-time game, and beating the living crap out of a conference opponent in a shutout. Rankings at this point in the season are pretty meaningless. We'll get a much better picture of where we're at in the next two weeks.


October 2nd, 2011 at 12:23 PM ^

The real test will be for the defense on the road against Persa imo. Clear Northwestern convincingly and maybe we are deserving of that rank.