Michigan ranked 23rd in USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan will start the season ranked once again this year, but the defending Big Ten Champions aren’t nearly as highly regarded as they were in recent years.

The Wolverines are ranked 23rd in USA Today’s Poll, behind four other conference foes, after starting the last two seasons ranked in the top ten.

Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 18), Ohio State (20), Nebraska (21) and Iowa (25) are the other league teams to earn a spot in the poll.

Michigan will face several top 25 teams during its non-conference schedule including a difficult road game at No. 2 Arizona. The Wolverines will also face SMU (No. 22) and Syracuse (No. 24) as well as a game against either Villanova (No. 12) or VCU (No. 16) in Brooklyn.

Find the complete USA Today Top 25 Preseason Poll after the jump. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)


Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll
Rank School Votes Prev Rank
1 Kentucky 785 (24) NR
2 Arizona 746 (3) NR
3 Duke 715 (2) NR
4 Wisconsin 706 (3) NR
5 Kansas 654 NR
6 North Carolina 598 NR
7 Florida 568 NR
8 Virginia 519 NR
9 Louisville 507 NR
10 Texas 479 NR
11 Wichita State 471 NR
12 Villanova 439 NR
13 Gonzaga 423 NR
14 Iowa State 323 NR
15 Connecticut 292 NR
16 VCU 259 NR
17 San Diego State 251 NR
18 Michigan State 241 NR
19 Oklahoma 237 NR
20 Ohio State 223 NR
21 Nebraska 156 NR
22 SMU 149 NR
23 Michigan 139 NR
24 Syracuse 128 NR
25 Iowa 56 NR
  • Chazer

    Not bad considering the youth and inexperience. It’s not important where you start but where you finish! It should be a battle in the B1G this year.
    Go Blue!

  • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

    Based on returning talent and coaching development ability, I would put us at a minimum fourth in the Big Ten.

    Wisconsin (returns everyone). Ohio State (a lot of new talent) and Nebraska (returns entire roster from impressive season). Michigan State lacks talent and player development, not even sure how they are ranked. Michigan State at #2 in the Big Ten is pure delusion.