The rogue first-place vote cast for the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines in the preseason AP Top 25 college football poll came courtesy of Champaign News-Gazette scribe Bob Asmussen, AP college football writer Ralph D. Russo reported via Twitter.
Since many are asking and the votes are public: Bob Asmussen of the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette voted Michigan No. 1.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 18, 2012
The Wolverines were the lone team outside of the top four to receive a first-place vote. The top-ranked USC Trojans received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes. Alabama came in at No. 2, while LSU and Oklahoma finished third and fourth in the poll, respectively.
Preseason favorites to win the Big Ten Conference for the first time since 2004, the Wolverines are led by Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Denard Robinson and second-year head coach Brady Hoke.
Michigan kicks off its season Sept. 1 against Alabama in a nationally-televised game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx.