Tim Brando is out with his top 10, and the FOX Sports broadcaster has 3 Big Ten teams in the mix, including Michigan at No. 1.

On Crain & Company, Brando explained that his top 10 is a prediction of how the teams will finish the season, not a preseason ranking of how they’ll start.

“To prediction how they’ll finish is more challenging … Name your preseason poll, they’re all the same, and the teams, you might move 3 and 4, or you might move 8 and 9, but they’re all basically the same teams,” Brando said. “My preseason poll is about the way it will finish.”

Brando understands that his top 10 will always bring anger, angst and bitterness, oh my, he said.

“We do this for blanks and giggles any way,” Brando said.

About Penn State, Brando said, “I think they are a year away. I think they are ready to take the mantle, potentially, from either Michigan or Ohio State, in another year. I don’t think they can get there this year. But I think the Nittany Lions are capable of pulling off something big and play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.”

Brando said Ohio State is in a tough spot playing at Michigan and the “Notre Dame hiccup is also there.” And he noted that there will be, “A real question mark on Ryan Day at the end of the year because you know the Buckeye fan base responds when they don’t beat their rival, and I don’t think they’re going to beat their rival this year again. Now, that isn’t to say Ryan’s done a poor job, he’s not.”

Brando noted that if Marvin Harrison Jr. hadn’t gotten hurt against Georgia, Ohio State would’ve played for, and possibly won, the national championship last year.

As for Michigan, Brando said, “The quarterback is ready. Yeah, they don’t have as many 5-stars and 4-stars, as either Georgia or Alabama or anybody. But they’ve built a team, a team, a team, and in every aspect, I have to say that they’re strong.”

Also, Michigan’s schedule is the closest thing to weakness to Georgia’s that he’s seen.

Here’s Brando’s top 10:

  1. Michigan
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. LSU
  5. Ohio State
  6. Alabama
  7. Kansas State
  8. Clemson
  9. Penn State
  10. Tulane