Michigan ranked 24th in AP Preseason Poll

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan is ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll released this morning.

The Wolverines will start the season ranked in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive season. The Wolverines were also ranked 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Wisconsin (No. 3), Michigan State (No. 18), Ohio State (20) and Nebraska (21) are the other league teams to earn a spot in the AP Top 25.

Michigan will also face several top 25 teams during its non-conference schedule including a difficult road game at No. 2 Arizona. The Wolverines will host SMU (No. 22) and Syracuse (No. 23) as well as a game against either Villanova (No. 12) or VCU (No. 15) in Brooklyn.

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  • geoffclarke

    Amazing how consistently ranked Michigan has been by the preseason polls. The only “outlier” was Kenpom at 15.

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      ESPN has us at as the #2 team in the Big Ten. They have been consistent since the end of last season. Based on what we have done the past 4 years (The Best team in the Big Ten), I think we have more than earned the benefit of the doubt. However, we still get consistently ranked below teams with coaches that haven’t done anything and rely on their past.

      • geoffclarke

        Which ESPN ranking are you seeing? If it’s behind a paywall, I don’t subscribe, but see that their Power Rankings list us 24th overall, which is the 5th B1G team in their Power Rankings.

        • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

          I believe it was an insider article. The ESPN guy who does the Big Ten predictions had us at #2. Most of the other stuff I saw on ESPN was not their predictions, but just relaying media day ones.

    • jkuofm27

      I like the fact that the “smartest guy in the room” is giving UM a better projection.