Michigan earned the respect of the national media and college football coaches when it ranked No. 17 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls earlier this month.
On Monday, Central Michigan coach Dan Enos reaffirmed his respect for U-M, five days before the Wolverines host the Chippewas for the season opener.
"(Michigan) is very well coached," said fourth-year coach Enos. "I think they’re a solid team. They’re ranked in the top 25 for a reason. I think they deserve that recognition of being that good.
"I’ve watched a lot of teams on tape, and I’m impressed. They’re a very solid football team."
The Wolverines will be without senior defensive back Courtney Avery (knee) but return several starters.
CMU will start Cody Kater at quarterback Saturday against a defensive front that could cause the junior to have problems when throwing passes.
"Defensively, I think they’re very good and play very hard," Enos noted. "Schematically, they do different things. Coach (Greg) Mattison gets them in and out of a lot of different fronts, looks, and pressures."