Most sports-related websites have released at least some version of a preseason top 25, and the majority of them aren't giving Michigan much respect.
Plenty are pronouncing Nebraska as the division favorite, with some even placing Michigan State and/or Northwestern higher than the Wolverines.
True Michigan fans know what to expect from this 2013 team and what the realistic expectations should be. The national "experts" probably only know the basics about the Wolverines and not much else.
So why might this Michigan team do better than most are predicting right now? Here's a look at a few key factors on which true fans have set the bar so deservedly high for this year.