Way-too-early 2016 rankings: U-M in top five

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 19:28:36-05

The final seconds of the 2015 college football season had barely ticked off the clock, and the 2016 rankings have already arrived from multiple media outlets.

Power rankings from ESPN and CBS Sports for the 2016 are out, and Michigan and Michigan State have flip-flopped positions from where they finished this season.

That's right, start the hype train because Michigan is consistently ranked in the top 10, as high as No. 2 according to 247 Sports. The reasons for U-M's move towards the top is two fold, with the 10-win introductory season with Jim Harbaugh and the anticipated emergence of quarterback John O'Korn, a transfer from Houston. 

Spartan fans may not scream too loudly, as they had to expect this with the loss of their quarterback, Connor Cook. MSU consistently fell in the way-too-early rankings, landing in the top 15, but ranked as high as No. 9 by CBS Sports.