The Michigan Wolverines will begin the year looking up at the college football rankings, at least in the eyes of many of the sport's scribes. Jim Harbaugh's bunch sits outside the top 25 of the preseason AP Poll.
Michigan is among teams also receiving votes from AP Poll voters; though the organization has yet to publish that supplementary table, Associated Press writer Ralph D. Russo tweeted out that list.
More others receiving: Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, K-St. 5, Florida 4, NC St 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Michigan 2, N Illinois 2, Cal 1, WKU 1, WVU 1.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 23, 2015
Those two votes put Michigan in a tie for 40th among all "ranked" teams, per the AP.
The Wolverines will meet two of the nation's best teams in Harbaugh's first season prowling the sidelines in the Big Ten, at least per the AP: Both unanimous No. 1 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan State come to the Big House this fall. But with Notre Dame sliding off the schedule and Michigan not drawing Wisconsin in an inter-division clash this fall, the Buckeyes and Spartans are the only teams ranked in the preseason AP Poll that Michigan is slated to face.
Utah, which Michigan will meet in its season opener, was also among other teams receiving votes, slotting in at 30th.
The Big Ten's three teams in the top 25 of the preseason AP Poll lags behind the SEC's eight and the Pac-12's six, but ties the ACC's and Big 12's contingents.
Here's the full table for the preseason AP Poll.
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