Michigan Football: Why Wolverines Deserve to Be Ranked in Top 25

Colby Lanham@Colby1226Correspondent ISeptember 23, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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For the first time this season, the Michigan Wolverines are sitting on the outside of the Top 25, unranked and at 2-2 as they begin conference play in Week 5. The Wolverines' two losses have come against both top ranked Alabama and No. 11 Notre Dame. So why has Michigan dropped out of the Top 25 completely?

With what the Wolverines have shown as a team, they should still be ranked in the Top 25.

This offense has had to face two great defenses in the first four weeks, which has given people a jaded view of the team. The Wolverine offense has the ability to move the ball against anybody in the country; we should not forget what the Wolverines did last season, ending that campaign successfully against a good Virginia Tech defense in the Sugar Bowl.

Michigan is among one of the elite teams in the Big Ten and boasts one of its best quarterbacks in Denard Robinson. The dual-threat QB is one of the most explosive players in the nation and is easily the best offensive player for the Wolverines.

In addition to the threat that Robinson poses, the Wolverines also have an underrated running back in Fitzgerald Toussaint, who is the second-leading rusher on the team behind Robinson. They also have two good options in the passing game at receiver in Jeremy Gallon and Devin Gardner. 

While the Wolverines defense needs some improvement, they're still a solid unit, ranking 37th in the nation in total defense. 

On top of that, teams that earned one more win got moved into the rankings prematurely. Michigan has proven more than the likes of teams like Baylor, Mississippi State and Rutgers, who will not be in the rankings much longer as they begin to hit the conference part of their schedules. 

Yes, those teams may be undefeated, but they also boast weak wins against weak teams, whereas the Wolverines have been battle tested and proved they have the skills to hang in there with some of the best teams in the country.

A record of 2-2 is not all that bad when you take a look at Michigan's losses. That alone boosts its overall appeal, but the voters chose to ignore the Wolverines and pick teams that are truly unworthy of being ranked. 

The Wolverines have some of the best talent, ability and players in the nation. They should be placed in the Top 25 where they belong.