Preseaon ranking from 3 well known sources:
Athlon: Michigan at #5
Lindy's: Michigan at #18
Street&Smith: Michigan at #9
It looks like all of them think Michigan is going to lose to Ohio St. But a lot of this rests on whether Shea Patterson has an average or great year. If early on, it looks like Shea Patterson is better than sliced bread for Michigan, all these predictions get thrown out the window, and it's on for a real shot at the Final 4.
But let's wait and see. It starts with beating Notre Dame!
HatTip to Sean Keeler of Land of 10--Michigan for the article: https://www.landof10.com/michigan/michigan-football-2018-preseason-magazines-predictions