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Michigan Disrespected by New ESPN College Football Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
Michigan opens up at No. 40 in ESPN's college football top-25 power rankings.
Michigan opens up at No. 40 in ESPN's college football top-25 power rankings. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

ESPN has released its newest college football power rankings using their Football Power Index system (FPI).

It may come as a shock to see a blue blood college football program in the Michigan Wolverines come in at No. 40. In fact, it is a bit disrespectful.

It may be even more surprising to learn that the Wolverines are ranked behind five other Big Ten teams. It is one of the toughest conferences in the country for a reason.

Michigan loses a few key starters to the NFL in defensive end Kwity Paye and offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, but they bring back a majority of their core group. Quarterback Cade McNamara will look to step up in his first year as the true starter after throwing for 425 yards and 5 touchdowns last season.

He is surrounded by experienced weapons including running back Hassan Haskins (6.1 yards per carry in 2020) and wide receiver Ronnie Bell (26 receptions for 401 yards in 2020). Head coach Jim Harbaugh will need to focus on building a strong defense if he wants his team to compete in the conference.

The Wolverines currently have the 18th-best odds to win the National Championship at +8000, according to betting odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook. Michigan remains underrated heading into next season as this team could turn some heads come next fall.

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