Michigan Football’s 2018 final ranking

Submitted by samdrussBLUE on January 1st, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Where do you think we will/should be ranked? If somehow Texas beats Georgia, I might be willing to put them ahead of us, but we’ve seen all the bowl games and the seasons unfold at this point.

I’ll say between 12 and 15. And throw 13 as my number. 

Comments

MIdocHI

January 1st, 2019 at 11:45 PM ^

I’m as disappointed as anyone in how the season ended, but all 3 of our losses were to teams that will finish in the top 10. The last two losses were not close, but we need to keep some perspective. We did not lose to any bad teams. Most teams do not even play that many ranked teams, let alone top-10 teams. 

I will say ranked 12. 

ldevon1

January 2nd, 2019 at 12:25 AM ^

Yeah, I'm sure the voters will go team by team and take into consideration which teams had players sitting out for injury or draft purposes.They always do that. We weren't a very good team when it mattered most and when it's all said a done, we didn't beat a top 20 team.

 

samdrussBLUE

January 1st, 2019 at 8:04 PM ^

I think the 13 is a negative, and the further we fall, the more negative. Obviously recruits can see we suck in any remotely big game and aren’t anywhere near a top/elite team but that translates into a ranking. Being 15 or 20 doesn’t exactly signal, “come here, we are doing great things and are positioned for a championship”

DonAZ

January 1st, 2019 at 7:55 PM ^

I can recall the pre-playoff days ... 70s and early 80s ... where the final ranking meant at least something. Not anymore. There's the playoff winner, and everyone else is simply "not #1."

Re: recruiting ... final ranking means nothing. What matters is the impression of a program being ascendant.

DonAZ

January 1st, 2019 at 8:27 PM ^

Of greater concern than the final ranking -- what will stick in the minds of potential recruits -- is how Michigan lost its last two games.

If both games were lost in tough fights down to the wire, then the narrative would be different. 

That's why 2019 is so important. It's not "championship or bust." It's "show us those two games don't represent the norm." If 2019 Michigan shows the same things that were on display in those two losses, then watch out ...

WestQuad

January 2nd, 2019 at 10:30 AM ^

...and that's a bad thing.   College football originated in teams barnstorming and challenging other schools to see who was tougher.  My team is tougher than your team.  Now with the CFP, it only matters if you are #1.   Players sit out bowl games because they might get hurt and the games don't matter.    #13 matters if PSU is #20 and MSU is unranked.  

Beating ND, OSU and MSU, and winning the B1G matters.  Winning the Rose Bowl matters.   National Championships are an awesome cherry on top if you accomplish those other goals, but it shouldn't be the goal in and of itself.  

We need to accomplish those first goals, but it sucks that we can't be happy unless we start paying players and win the national championship.    I'm starting to lose my enthusiasm for college football even after making it through RR and Hoke.

Denard In Space

January 1st, 2019 at 7:52 PM ^

from a quick glance at the board, we probably will end up ranked below all other programs including NAIA teams and division one high school teams... 

in all seriousness, probably 17-20, which is unfortunately what we deserve.  an underperformance, which would not have been so if we'd won the peach bowl, in my opinion.    

Panther72

January 3rd, 2019 at 7:39 AM ^

The fact that you have to post on this site reveals how truly joyless suckeye fans really are. You can't be happy huh? Please be honest. Your hate drives you to think about HB. You know you can't stand the fact some of us love the most storied program in college football.  Keep reading our posts.  It pleases me to know your miserable. We are living rent free in you brain.

bluepdx

January 1st, 2019 at 7:54 PM ^

If OSU can keep good distance from Washington, and we get any goodwill b/c of missing key defensive players (particularly Bush, who was very sorely missed), we'll be 12-13. 

Otherwise, 15.

I have a feeling plenty of voters (other coaches, writers, whoever) look for reasons to punish/dump on Harbaugh.

Ibow

January 1st, 2019 at 7:56 PM ^

I’ve been wondering the same this weekend. I love them and hate to say it but I’m thinking around 15 - 17. Those last two losses were pretty bad. 

Can’t wait for the spring game to watch Patterson, McCaffrey & Milton maybe go at each other a little bit. Watch some of these commits showcase what they’ve got to offer. Maybe we’ll have a new OC and Harbaugh will open things up a bit.

Always optimistic! Go Blue.

JPC

January 1st, 2019 at 7:59 PM ^

3 losses aren’t bad, so probably in that 12-15 range. Too bad our best win (PSU) proved themselves not very good by losing their bowl game too.