Michigan football is gearing up for yet another big year in 2023. The Wolverines are returning a significant amount of starters from last year, especially on offense. With such a strong returning roster, Michigan football ranked in the top five of the most recent Pro Football Focus power rankings for the 2023 season.
Michigan football ranked No. 4 in the latest PFF power rankings
Entering the 2021 season, Michigan football started the season unranked. Despite making the playoffs that year, the Wolverines entered the next season having only the No. 8 preseason ranking. Finally, after two years of dominant football, the Wolverines are getting the credit they deserve as a preseason top-five team.
Pro Football Focus recently unveiled their college football power rankings and ranked Michigan football No. 4. Here is the complete list of top 10 rankings.
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Each Power Five conference has at least one member in the top 10 rankings. The SEC has the most representation with four teams, and the Big Ten has the second most with three teams.
Ohio State and Alabama ranked above the Wolverines despite worse 2022 records
While many people considered Michigan’s victory over Ohio State in 2021 a fluke, the Wolverines proved they were the better team by beating the Buckeyes again in 2022. Still, Michigan football is treated as the worse of the two programs, with PFF ranking Ohio State higher than Michigan
In addition to Ohio State, PFF ranked Alabama above Michigan as well. Alabama is currently coming off a season where they missed the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2019. In addition, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young left for the NFL this offseason, meaning Alabama will have to find success with a brand-new starter.
The Wolverines assembled an overall record of 13-1 last year. Alabama and Ohio State each had records of 11-2. Michigan football will have to prove once again in 2023 that they are truly the better team.
If Jim Harbaugh can manage to beat the Buckeyes for a third straight year and finally win a playoff game, the Wolverines may finally get the recognition they deserve as the better program.
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