Michigan at No. 8 in USA Today Coaches’ Poll
Written by Matt Pargoff   

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With the football season just around the corner, the USA Today released its preseason coaches’ poll on Thursday, with the Wolverines starting the season out at the No. 8 position. This marks the first time since 2008 that the Wolverines have been recognized in the preseason poll, and the first time since 2007 they have begun the season in the top 10.

Four Michigan opponents also appear on the coaches' poll, with the Wolverines opening the season against No. 2 Alabama in the Cowboy Classic in Arlington, Tex. Three weeks later, Michigan will conclude its non-conference schedule with a game at Notre Dame, which starts its season ranked No. 24.

Big Ten opponents Michigan State and Nebraska come in at No. 13 and No. 16 respectively.

While not on Michigan’s schedule this fall, the Wolverines hope to face off against fellow Big Ten member Wisconsin to finish the season. The Badgers start out at No. 12 in the coaches’ poll.

USA Today Coaches' Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 LSU (18) 0-0 1403 2
2 Alabama (20) 0-0 1399 1
3 USC (19) 0-0 1388 NR
4 Oklahoma 0-0 1276 15
5 Oregon 0-0 1258 4
6 Georgia 0-0 1061 20
7 Florida State 0-0 1055 23
8 Michigan 0-0 1023 9
9 South Carolina 0-0 981 8
10 Arkansas 0-0 948 5
11 West Virginia 0-0 833 18
12 Wisconsin 0-0 743 11
13 Michigan State 0-0 717 10
14 Clemson 0-0 598 22
15 Texas 0-0 549 NR
16 Nebraska 0-0 501 24
17 TCU 0-0 499 13
18 Stanford 0-0 497 7
19 Oklahoma State 0-0 476 3
20 Virginia Tech 0-0 461 17
21 Kansas State 0-0 398 16
22 Boise State 0-0 271 6
23 Florida 0-0 250 NR
24 Notre Dame 0-0 166 NR
25 Auburn 0-0 66 NR
Others receiving votes: Washington 64, Louisville 46, Georgia Tech 35, Cincinnati 32, Texas A&M 28, Baylor 23, Utah 22, Mississippi State 21, South Florida 12, NC State 11, Louisiana Tech 10, Brigham Young 10, Virginia 9, Houston 7, Southern Miss 6, Rutgers 5, UCF 5, Tennessee 3, Missouri 3, Fla. Int. 3, Northern Illinois 2, Texas Tech 1.

 



 
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