Michigan football opened at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, which means that if the Wolverines win, they’ll be in.
If Michigan football fans were wondering if the College Football Playoff selection committee would take a stance on the NCAA investigation, we got our answer on Tuesday night.
Ohio State is ranked ahead of Michigan football in the first set of playoff rankings, which is totally understandable. The committee is looking at resumes and Ohio State has the best with wins over Notre Dame and Penn State.
Yet, as far as the committee holding this in-person scouting investigation against Michigan football this season, that’s not the job of the committee, said Chairman Boo Corrigan: “Our job is to rank teams. We view that as an NCAA issue, not a CFP issue.”
To me, it was exactly what Michigan football wanted to see and hear from the committee. I don’t know if anyone really believes Ohio State is better than Michigan or Georgia.
Yet, the Bulldogs and Wolverines haven’t beaten a top-25 team yet. Penn State and Ohio State loom on the schedule for the Wolverines, who control their destiny. U-M does have some solid wins over Nebraska and Minnesota, who are both 5-3, on the road, as well as wins over Rutgers and UNLV, which each have six wins.
Still, it’s understandable what the committee is saying. What’s confusing is that Florida State also has a better resume with the win over LSU. But, the Noles have struggled at Boston College and went to overtime with a mediocre Clemson team.
Michigan football has led by 14 points or more longer than any other team in college football. The Wolverines have been dominant and I expect that to continue against Purdue on Saturday.
Long story short, don’t worry about the rankings, because as long as Michigan wins, the rankings will take care of themselves.