College Football Rankings 2011 Week 4: 5 Reasons Michigan Is Ranked Too High
Brady Hoke took the head coaching job at Michigan with the idea of fixing the mess left by Rich Rodriguez.
Rodriguez tried to implement the spread attack he made famous at WVU, but he forgot about the defense. The Wolverines were embarrassed on that side of the ball, which included giving up 52 points in their bowl game loss to Mississippi State.
In the eyes of the AP though, Michigan is fixed.
To quote Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend!"
5. Who Have They Beaten?
No. 22 Michigan has one good win on the season: a last-second win against Notre Dame.
Taking nothing away from the win, they did need a last-second TD to pull out the game. Up to that point, Michigan trailed the Irish much of the game and had they not scored, would be 2-1 and nowhere near the rankings.
Wins against Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan are not that impressive.
And by the way, Notre Dame is 1-2.
4. Flagship Program of the Big Ten
Much like OSU, voters are starved to put this team in the Top 25. Michigan with a number next to it just simply looks good.
Michigan was receiving votes after last week, and after taking care of Eastern Michigan, the Wolverines were poised to take a Top 25 ranking. With six teams losing in the Top 25, Michigan took advantage and picked up a ranking.
3. Look at Past Performance
Michigan attended a bowl game in 2010, but a deeper look at the record shows that when the Wolverines entered Big Ten play last season, their record went southward.
After Rich Rodriguez's (pictured) team started 5-0, UM lost five of their seven remaining Big Ten games, finishing 3-5 in the Big Ten.
This season, they are 3-0 and one game from Big Ten play. I would be shocked if they can keep their ranking once they start playing good teams.
2. Remember the Last Time Michigan Had a Top 25 Ranking?
It was last season.
Michigan was ranked No. 18 on Oct. 9, 2010, and was then manhandled by Sparty.
Just like this year, Michigan built the record by taking advantage of an advantageous schedule, including a win against Notre Dame in similar fashion to this season.
Again, the Big Ten crushed the house of cards that was Michigan.
1. Brady Hoke Has Never Done It Before
Brady Hoke seems to be the right guy for the job, but then again, Rich Rodriguez had this team 5-0 last season.
Hoke is a first-year coach who, so far, has gotten all the breaks—an easy schedule, last-second magic and a Top 25 ranking.
He has yet to make first-year coaching mistakes. We know they are coming, so when will it cost Michigan?
The Big Ten slate is coming!