Michigan has landed at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 poll, which was released on Sunday. It marks the highest ranking for the Wolverines since 2007.
Remember 2007? Michigan got upset by Appalachian State (FCS) to start the season, then the team was dismantled by Oregon in the second game. The Michigan schedule for that season was ranked as the 15th hardest in the nation.
This time around, Michigan should find themselves with a 3-0 record heading into Big Ten Conference play.
Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News gave Michigan a first-place vote in his AP Top 25 poll.
“I don't have any profound (reasons why), but the main reason I think I did it was Jim Harbaugh. He's a great coach and I know how he transformed Stanford and we saw how he transformed Michigan last year,” Wolf explained. “And I think they'll be even better in year two than year one with him.”
After starting the season 0-3, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was coaching Stanford at the time, upset USC. The No. 2 ranked Trojans were favored by 41 points, but lost 24-23. Wolf was on hand covering USC football.
“I saw what he did at Stanford. He made a huge impact,” Wolf mentioned. “I think he's more of a college coach than a pro coach, his personality, I think, works better on the college players than it does pro players. I think he'll be great (at Michigan).
“And you hear stuff from ex-players at Stanford or coaches in the (NFL) will talk, and I know he's kind of crazy -- but he's also a really good coach.”
Since 2000, Michigan has made the AP Top 10 seven times, but never since the 2012 season. The Wolverines went 8-5 with Brady Hoke as the head coach that year.