However, we have all seen the retorts by rivals that the national championship is going to be vacated by the NCAA. On its face, that idea is ridiculous. There's no evidence that the whole "sign-gate" scandal had any impact on games. That's especially true since the NCAA made the investigation public, which wound up being a good thing for Michigan football.
It would have been much worse for all this to come to light now. Instead, it came to light and Michigan went out and still dominated the competition, without its head coach for three critical games, and won the national championship.
It's like people forget that Jim Harbaugh was punished. Michigan football was punished. But they were so good, they overcame it. So stop with the asterisk talk, although I know that's the only way the Spartans and Buckeye fans can cope with the current reality.
But in some news that might put that talk to bed, Charlie Baker, the President of the NCAA told reporters on Wednesday that Michigan football won the national championship, "Fair and Square."
That's obvious. Michigan beat four top-10 teams in six teams. The Wolverines beat five top-25 teams in six weeks and another that won eight games on the road. In four of those games, they didn't trail for a single second and they led by double-digits in all six. Oh yeah, and only one of those games was at home, so Michigan won six straight against eight-win teams with five on the road or a neutral field.
I absolutely despise the NCAA, but good on Baker for actually telling the truth.