Michigan at No. 7 in first Coaches Poll
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The first of the two major preseason polls was released on Thursday, with the college coaches themselves weighing in with their expectations for the fall. The Wolverines ranked in at No. 7 to start the season, set to face off against six scheduled opponents that also made the top-25.

In total, seven teams from the Big Ten made the list, also including Ohio State at No. 5, Penn State at No. 14, Wisconsin at No. 17, Iowa at No. 19, Michigan State at No. 20 and Northwestern at No. 25. The Wolverines will play all but Northwestern from that list, with a matchup against the Wildcats possible if both teams make the Big Ten Championship Game.

Michigan is also set to play Notre Dame, which ranks in at No. 9, in a first-time ever mid-season meeting on Oct. 26.

Nebraska fell just outside the list, coming in at No. 26 in total points, while Minnesota received a single vote as the No. 25 team in the country. The Wolverines are not scheduled to play either team.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RANK
TEAM
RECORD
POINTS
1 Clemson (59) 0-0 1619
2 Alabama (6) 0-0 1566
3 Georgia 0-0 1447
4 Oklahoma 0-0 1415
5 Ohio State 0-0 1368
6 LSU 0-0 1218
7 Michigan 0-0 1155
8 Florida 0-0 1103
9 Notre Dame 0-0 1100
10 Texas 0-0 1038
11 Texas A&M 0-0 893
12 Washington 0-0 843
13 Oregon 0-0 787
14 Penn State 0-0 699
15 Utah 0-0 642
16 Auburn 0-0 606
17 Central Florida 0-0 436
17 Wisconsin 0-0 436
19 Iowa 0-0 343
20 Michigan State 0-0 313
21 Washington State 0-0 274
22 Syracuse 0-0 227
23 Stanford 0-0 200
24 Iowa State 0-0 169
25 Northwestern 0-0 161
Others receiving votes: Nebraska 152, Boise State 118, Mississippi State 111, Miami 94, Army 91, Kentucky 79, Virginia Tech 64, TCU 63, USC 47, Fresno State 32, Utah State 32, Virginia 30, Cincinnati 25, West Virginia 24, Memphis 24, Oklahoma State 20, South Carolina 15, NC State 12, Duke 10, Boston College 5, Florida State 4, Baylor 4, Appalachian State 4, Houston 3, North Texas 3, Temple 2, Arizona State 2, UCLA 2, Minnesota 1, Ole Miss 1, Tennessee 1, Troy 1

 
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