Sunday, August 06, 2006

Wolverines ranked #15 in USA Today Coaches Pre-Season Poll

The 2006 USA Today Coaches Pre-Season Poll has been released and Michigan is ranked #15. Perched atop the poll at the #1 ranking are the Wolverines arch-rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the guys over at the Men of the Scarlet and Gray could not be happier. As for Michigan, this is the first time in the past nine seasons that the Wolverines will enter the year outside the top-10 of the national polls. Nevertheless, I am happy with Michigan's pre-season ranking. The timeless truism "It's where you finish not where you start" applies herein. Last season Michigan started high (in the top 5 in most pre-season polls) but finished out of the top 25 by the end of the season. Incidentally, the last time Michigan was outside the top 25 in a season ending poll was in 1984 and the Wolverines came back the following season and achieved a season ending ranking of #2 which was Bo's best finish in his 21 year tenure with the Wolverines. I would like to see the current Wolverines duplicate or improve on that feat in 2006. Go Blue!



At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Buckeyes are going to be hurting without that core of linebackers. They still have strengths, but their going to have trouble stopping a lot of teams. I think the #1 ranking is a testimony to their blowout of Notre Dame in the bowl. I also think Notre Dame should not have been in that bowl and only was because of a starving fan base. Neither team is as good as ranked and UM will beat them both (yes, even at their fields).


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