UM eighth, MSU 11th in Sporting News rankings
Michigan is ranked eighth and Michigan State 11th in the Sporting News annual preseason college football preview issue. The Wolverines and Spartans are second and third, respectively, in the Big Ten East, and the Sporting News picks UM for the Rose Bowl and MSU for the Outback Bowl.
Michigan tight end Jake Butt and Jabrill Peppers are first-team All-Americans – Peppers as a kick returner – along with Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell. Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis is on the second team. Peppers also was No. 10 is the magazine’s 2017 NFL mock draft.
Ohio State is picked to win the Big Ten and is No. 4 overall. The Buckeyes are projected to make the College Football Playoff in the Peach Bowl, but Alabama is the choice to successfully defend its national title.