While this is all pre-season and essentially useless, I thought I'd share what I find an interesting tidbit of (lack of) logic.
We've already seen some people rank Michigan lower based on strength of schedule, that Michigan has to play some likely really good teams in 2018, many of them on the road, and likely doesn't come out unscathed. They are, I believe, looking at end of year results.
The Wolverines do have to face Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State all on the road and Wisconsin and Penn State at home. They are No. 6 in my Power Poll, but the schedule has them down here (at No.11)."
Now, we have a preseason poll where the logic is that because Michigan is ranked lower than many of the teams it plays (due to it's strength of schedule, remember)... it is going to underachieve based even on its rankings.
The only problem with that is they were the lowest ranked Big Ten teams in the Coaches Poll Top 25. Michigan State (No. 12), Penn State (No. 9), Wisconsin (No. 7), and Ohio State (No. 3) were all ahead of Michigan in the poll. Another opponent on Michigan’s 2018 schedule, Notre Dame, was also ranked higher at No. 11. All this is a long-winded way of saying that the Wolverines will have a difficult time getting through their schedule unscathed, no matter how great their roster may be.
It’s because of that schedule that some analysts are picking Michigan to underachieve this fall, relative to preseason expectations.
I'm all fine and dandy with these guys chasing their tails, as long as they don't continue to hold Michigan back from increased rankings because "they still have to play some really good teams and might lose".