Analysis: Michigan is where it needs to be, ranked 14th

Football

‘Tis the season of preseason polls!?

The AP poll dropped Monday at noon. Voters ranked Michigan No. 14, which is the same spot the Wolverines are ranked in the Coaches’ Poll.

The Big Ten was all over the rankings with five teams ranked.

Big Ten in AP Poll

4. Wisconsin

5. Ohio State

10. Penn State

11. Michigan State

14. Michigan

Of the five teams ranked, four are from the Big Ten East, consistently the conference’s most stacked division.?

Is it time to switch back to Legends and Leaders divisions?

Michigan’s 2018 schedule vs. AP Top 25

Week 1: @ No. 12 Notre Dame

Week 7: vs. No. 4 Wisconsin

Week 8: @ No. 11 Michigan State

Week 9: vs. No. 10 Penn State

Week 12: @ No. 5 Ohio State

Michigan’s 2018 schedule includes all five of the Big Ten’s ranked teams, along with a non-conference opponent that’s ranked in Notre Dame (12).

Analysis

Michigan’s preseason ranking doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

If it goes 12-0, it’s going to be playoff team whether it started the season 1st or 101st.

Nonetheless, there’s some analysis that can be made on the ranking itself, and rankings around the country.

At 14th, Michigan is where it needs to be. It’s not high enough to have a target on its back, and not low enough to have to scratch and crawl its way to a top-10 ranking.

Should the Wolverines be ranked higher? Sure, there’s an argument that their resume is more impressive than that of Stanford’s or even Michigan’s Week One opponent, Notre Dame. Regardless, 14 is appropriate and has been well-received by fans and pundits.

Here’s my take on the Top 25 as a whole.

Too high:?Washington (6), Miami (8), Notre Dame (12), Texas (23)

Too low:?Ohio State (5), Penn State (10), West Virginia (17), Virginia Tech (20)

Michigan kicks off in 12 days, on the road, against No. 12 Notre Dame with College GameDay on the scene.

 

 

 

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