Michigan football finished the regular season with a somewhat disappointing 8-4 record, but it was fairly understood that 2017 was essentially a rebuilding year.
If these ranking from Joel Klatt of FOX Sports are to be believed, 2018 won’t be the same. The college football analyst ranked the Wolverines at No. 3 in the country for next season, with Ohio State at No. 5 and Michigan State at No. 10.
.@joelklatt's Way (WAY) Too Early Top 10 for 2018 (sponsored by @drpepper)
5. Ohio State
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— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 21, 2017
If those rankings hold water, the Big Ten East is going to be quite the party next season. Ohio State figures to hold serve, replacing the likes of J.T. Barrett, Tyquan Lewis and Billy Price with more blue-chip recruits.
Meanwhile, Michigan figures to benefit from a year’s worth of seasoning for its blue-chip recruits, while Michigan State will try to build on an encouraging bounce-back season.
To no one’s surprise, Alabama and Clemson, which have won the last two national championships and are both in the College Football Playoff, are the top two teams in Klatt’s rankings.