Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from heart-wrenching loss to MSU

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Michigan remains in the foremost discussion despite losing

Believe it or not, Michigan football is still in the thick of things when it comes to the Big Ten and the national conversation.

The Wolverines should stick within the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings, that come out this Tuesday because the outcome of the affair was so nip and tuck. That doesn’t mean they control their own destiny — they have to win out and hope things fall their way in the polls.

Michigan football has two winnable games with Indiana and Maryland, and two that it will be underdogs in, against Penn State and Ohio State.

This defeat will sting for a long time despite what happens the rest of the season. Michigan had Michigan State on the ropes and couldn’t finish the job when it was all on the line.

That’s a pill that no one wants to swallow following such a tragic loss.

Winning out will not be in their favor because the Wolverines still have to prove that they can win a showdown that they are not supposed to win on the road.

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All will be forgiven and forgotten if Jim Harbaugh and company can save face by finally beating Ohio State for the first time in 10 years, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it.