Michigan football is holding firm in the top four of the AP and Coaches polls and that’s where I’d expect the Wolverines to be ranked on Tuesday night.
There’s no question that Michigan football left some meat on the bone on Saturday night against the Spartans, meaning the offense should have scored more than 29 points.
Still, the game never really felt in doubt in the second half. At one point in the fourth quarter, Michigan State had -1 yards in the second half.
The Wolverines kicked too many field goals, but their defense shut out the Spartans in the second half and continues to look as good or better than the 2021 defense.
There isn’t an Aidan Hutchinson but Mike Morris is pretty darn good. The secondary is also playing pretty well in coverage and Jesse Minter continues to do one hell of a job — just look at his halftime adjustments last night that slowed down Keon Coleman.
After improving to 8-0 on the season, Michigan football held firm as the No. 4 team in both the Coaches and AP polls this week trailing only Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio State.
These aren’t the College Football Playoff Rankings. Those come out on Tuesday but after seeing Michigan football rank fourth in each of the polls, I’d bet No. 4 will be the playoff ranking.
Michigan football should be a top-4 team
The Wolverines didn’t play the toughest schedule and still haven’t. But, they have beaten a six-win Maryland team and also a six-win Penn State team.
Michigan has also trailed just once in the second half all season and Maryland was the only team to score over 20 points. Saturday’s 22-point win over Michigan State was just the second time this season that Michigan has been held under 30 (Its season-low is 27).
U-M has also punted just once in the past two weeks and outside of the red-zone offense, it doesn’t really have any holes.
Regardless of where Michigan ranks, the Wolverines control their playoff destiny. Win the Big Ten and the ranking will take care of itself.