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Michigan checks in at No. 10 on David Briggs' top 25 vote

08/02/2017, 9:00am EDT
By By DAVID BRIGGS BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST

Wolverines are the biggest mystery in college football this season


With quarterback Wilton Speight returning, are Michigan and Jim Harbaugh a top-10 team heading into 2017? Blade sports columnist David Briggs says yes. BLADE PHOTO

With ballots in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason college football poll due next week, our countdown continues with ...

No. 10: Michigan

Coach: Jim Harbaugh (third year, 20-6; 78-33 overall at San Diego, Stanford, and Michigan)

Last year: 10-3, 7-2 Big Ten

Returning starters: 4 offense, 1 defense

The skinny: Michigan is the biggest mystery in college football this season. Has Jim Harbaugh constructed a turnkey, no-assembly required power that does not so much rebuild as reload? (Think Alabama and Ohio State.) Or are the Wolverines prone to the same cycles as almost everyone else? We’re leaning toward the former. For as much turnover as Michigan endured, the bottom line is simple: A program reinforced by back-to-back top-five recruiting classes will have more raw talent than any Big Ten rival save for the Buckeyes. The only question is if that youth will be seasoned enough in time for a stretch run that includes trips to Penn State and Wisconsin and the finale against OSU.

Our Top 25 so far:

11. LSU

12. Auburn

13. Georgia

14. Oklahoma State

15. Stanford

16. Louisville

17. Miami

18. Texas

19. Florida

20. South Florida

21. Kansas State

22. Washington State

23. Pittsburgh

24. West Virginia

25. Tennessee

Contact David Briggs at dbriggs@theblade.com, 419-724-6084 or on Twitter @DBriggsBlade.

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