NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan football team will open the 2005 season ranked fourth in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll, which was released today (Friday, Aug. 5). The two-time Big Ten champion Wolverines received 1,242 points in the coaches poll, and starts the season ranked in the top 10 of the coaches poll for the eighth straight season.
Two-time defending national champion Southern California earned 60 of the 62 first-place votes to open the season as the top-ranked team. The Trojans are followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 in the top five.
The Big Ten leads all conferences with three top 10 teams. The Wolverines are the highest ranked Big Ten representative, followed in the poll by No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa. Purdue rounds out the conferences preseason recognition with a No. 16 ranking.
Michigan begins the season against Northern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast regionally by ABC Sports beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Following is the preseason top 25 coaches poll:
|1.||Southern California (60)||13-0||1,547||1|
First-place votes in parentheses; * 2004 season final record