You know hockey season is getting close when the first poll is released. The initial installment of the USA Today poll was released today and the Wolverines came in ranked #2 behind defending champion Boston College.
5 CCHA teams were ranked in the 15-team poll (OMG BUT THERE WERE SIX FROM THE WCHA!!!!!). Michigan #2, Notre Dame #3, Miami #8, MSU #12, and Northern Michigan #14. Having NMU ranked makes me believe these voters are actually paying attention, though I think the Redhawks are ranked a little high given the departures up front, on the blueline, and in net, along with the fact that the CCHA is apparently out to get them.
Michigan received 4 of the 34 first-place votes. North Dakota and CC (as well as BC, obviously) also received first-place votes.