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Where Michigan landed in ‘way-too-early’ top 25 rankings


The Michigan football team finished its 2018 season on a sour note, losing its final two games in blowout fashion to fall from No. 4 to No. 14 in the AP Poll. But according to every publication, brighter days are ahead for the Wolverines.

In the days following the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, national publications all weighed in on their “way-too-early” top-25 rankings. There are still coaching changes and decisions to be made everywhere, transfers will come and go and unexpected changes are likely on the horizon for every team. But we also have a good sense for what teams will roughly look like, and most agree that Michigan will make a return to the top 10 in 2019.

Below, you can read what 11 publications had to say about the Wolverines’ early 2019 outlook. Though most of them were written before Michigan hired offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and defensive coach Anthony Campanile, the rankings were generally favorable toward the Wolverines, ranging from 11th to sixth nationally. That isn’t College Football Playoff-caliber, but does put Michigan in the ballpark if it can find another gear.

See what they had to say about Michigan below, and you can see the full rankings on these lists:



Sporting News

CBS Sports

Yahoo! Sports

Athlon Sports


Sports Illustrated

USA Today

Dallas Morning News

SB Nation

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