Preseason Coaches Poll: Michigan ranked #14

Submitted by Bambi on August 2nd, 2018 at 1:01 PM

In a break from all the Urban news, the pre-season coaches poll was released. Preseason polls are dumb, and the coaches poll is dumb, but here we are. Link.

Rankings of note:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. OSU (votes made before Urban stuff came out)

4. Georgia

5. Oklahoma

7. Wisconsin

9. Penn St.

11. ND

12. MSU

13. Stanford

14. Michigan

No other B1G teams are ranked, but NW and Iowa are receiving votes



August 2nd, 2018 at 1:14 PM ^

This is good. High enough that if we beat who we need we are in good shape, but not so high that we aren't hungry. Also glad MSU is ranked higher than us so they don't have that Disrespect power. 


August 2nd, 2018 at 2:45 PM ^

I noticed we have 5 of our 12 games against top 15 teams, that is 41% of our games against the top 15, that is brutal. But if you take a closer look at these teams youll see that they are all in our own conference. MSU and OSU as well as PSU face the same thing. They potentially have WIS on their schedule assuming WIS wins the west and they make it to Indy. 

If we beat ND that first game our schedule isnt any tougher than the other teams in the East, so while at first glance it seems daunting on second glance,the east is going to be a battle royale lol. Go Blue!! Beat ND!


August 2nd, 2018 at 2:49 PM ^

We also had an offensive line with huge holes at two big question marks on the offensive line, a good but not great thunder and lightning RB committee, a really good defense with one transformational player and a lot of NFL talent, a coach being maligned for not meeting expectations and coming off an 8 win season, and a team that no one outside of the locker room believed in. 

Just win!



August 2nd, 2018 at 5:11 PM ^

Please, guys, help me understand...

Your earnestly-held beliefs include: 

a) MSU is pissed about its ranking in a pre-season poll, because the team's ability to motivate depends specifically on being underrated vis-a-vis Michigan, and

b) MSU would strategically tank one of its 12 regular season games in order to reacquire the mythical "chip"?

Do you guys fucking read what you write before hitting save? These things strike you as plausible?


August 2nd, 2018 at 1:16 PM ^

I dunno man.  I get why we're ranked here (based on our performance last year).  But aside from Bama and OSU, I think we have the most talented team in the country.  Yes, our O-line is an injury away from being essentially what it was last year... not good.  But we have to be given benefit of the doubt with our QB situation now, right?  I'm not saying we should be number 3.  But top 10 at least?

Also, when I was looking at rationales for why some folks ranked us in the teens, I was upset to learn "their schedule is tough" as one of the reasons.  Having a tough schedule should have no bearing on where you think a team should be ranked in the preseason.  The ranking should be how strong you think a team is, not a prediction where they will end up.


August 2nd, 2018 at 1:22 PM ^

these rankings don't matter, only rankings that matter are when the playoff rankings come out during the middle of the year. But 14 is about right. 


August 2nd, 2018 at 3:02 PM ^

I think it matters to the extent you don't have a schedule like Michigan's.  Alabama and Wisconsin both played trash schedules last season and both had one loss (Wisconsin got their loss in the Big Ten Championship, while Alabama didn't even make it), but because of pre-season bias, Alabama was a playoff team and Wisconsin was not.  

Central Florida is another example.  If they had started the season in the top ten, they would have went to the playoff.  

Even with our hard schedule, an early loss on the road would knock us down to 10th or 11th if we were ranked three to begin the season, whereas an early loss now could knock us out of the top 25 altogether.  

But yeah, if you win all of your games, it doesn't matter.  It's when you lose one, where preseason ranking is just as bit important as strength of schedule.  


August 2nd, 2018 at 3:36 PM ^

Eh, preseason polls matter. Easier to stay #1 than to displace #1. It's bullshit,  but it matters.

If Alabama loses their first game, they won't even drop of out the top 5. If Michigan wins our first game, do we get into the top 5? Probably not.

Personally, I don't think that any polls which could determine playoff/bowl game appearances should happen until at least week 5, but that's just me.


August 2nd, 2018 at 1:44 PM ^

Yes, as others have pointed out, this is EXACTLY where we were ranked in the 1997 preseason poll. Notre Dame was also ranked No. 11 in the 1997 preseason poll. EERIE!

Actually, we were 14 in the AP and 13 in the coaches. Here's the link to all the week-by-week polls from that season. LINK.


August 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 PM ^

I was thinking about 1997 too, as many others have pointed out.  In 1997, Michigan had 4 teams on their 11 game schedule against teams ranked above them, and 3 others in the top 25.  In 2018, Michigan has 5 teams on their 12 game schedule against teams ranked above them, with no one else in the top 25.  In 1997, Michigan had a dominant defense.  In 2018, Michigan looks to have a dominant defense.

We'll see.



August 2nd, 2018 at 2:13 PM ^

Seems about right.  ND at 11 is too high.  We haven't beaten a ranked team on the road since 2006, that ND game is a great chance to end the streak.

Maize N' Ute

August 2nd, 2018 at 2:22 PM ^

I'm a little surprised by the PSU ranking. Not only did Barkley leave, but I believe they had a lot of other players leave too.  They do have a heck of a schedule....home vs osu, wisky and msu.


August 2nd, 2018 at 2:37 PM ^

I get last year shouldn't matter as much as this year, but Penn State was probably the best team in the Big Ten last year. Lost two games by a combined 4 points. Destroyed everyone else except at Iowa (in which they gained over 500 yards of offense and only scored 21 points).

They've recruited exceptionally well and have the best QB in the league.