Should Michigan be ranked? Brady Hoke has 'no idea'
In Brady Hoke's opinion, college football polls are a lot like recruiting rankings.
They mean zilch until all the smoke clears.
Asked Thursday on 97.1-FM's "Stoney and Bill Show" if he believes the Michigan football team is worthy of its No. 25 ranking in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll, Hoke said he doesn't know, and really doesn't care.
"Oh, I have no idea," Hoke said. "Those polls are like recruiting, that guy's a five-star, four-star, you don't know. You don't know until the end of the season until everybody shakes out.
"We're just trying to focus on us. … We were terrible in our kickoff coverage, we didn't tackle well. … If you want to be a championship team, you've got to rectify those things."
It's worth pointing out that Hoke does have a vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Michigan was not ranked in the coaches poll, and for the first time in its history, no Big Ten team found its way into the coaches' Top 25.
Last week, Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges openly opined that he believes Michigan still does, in fact, have what it takes to win a Big Ten championship this year.
As for Hoke?
"That's why we're playing the games," he said. "Every game's a championship game. For us, with Illinois coming into town, they've gotten healthy. Scheelhaase is back running the offense (again) … Scheelhaase ran their offense like you would expect, he's played well here in Ann Arbor."