Michigan Football Gets Love in Sporting News Preseason Top 25

Michigan’s preseason standings were fairly consistent after the 2021 campaign in which Maize and Blue won 12 games, beat Ohio State well, destroyed Iowa in the Big Ten title game and at least made it to the College Football playoffs. Most outlets see Wolverines somewhere in the top ten, and a few even UM among the top five.

College football writer Bill Bender explains what he sees in Michigan number 6 on its last scale.

What has changed? Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis left for Miami, and defense coordinator Michael Macdonald returned to the Baltimore Ravens. Sherrone Moore and Matt Weiss are the new co-offensive coordinators, and Jesse Minter takes over the defense. Jim Harbaugh was interviewed for a Viking job, but decided to return to Ann Arbor. Virginia center Olusegun Oluwatimi was a good buyer in the transfer portal.

Michigan needs to build on its first appearance in the College Football Playoff. A quarterback battle between Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy will heat up at the fall camp, but another timeshare is likely. Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum form a strong hinterland, and Ronnie Bell is back after failing last year with a torn ACL. The defense has big holes to fill, but a soft schedule at the start of the season helps.

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