Any hope for a Michigan playoff berth will now be determined by Clemson‘s fate in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech.
This comes after eighth ranked Colorado did the Wolverines zero favors in the Pac-12 Championship Game as the Buffaloes had their asses handed to them by fourth ranked Washington 41-10 which all but secured the Huskies‘ spot in the playoff.
However when it comes to third ranked Clemson a loss doesn’t guarantee Michigan’s spot in the playoff however it will certainly help.
A Tigers loss would give them two on the season bumping their record 11-2. Sure Clemson will still have a win on hand over Michigan’s 10 however the scope of the Tigers’ season isn’t solely based on their win/loss record. You’d hope the CFP committee would weigh in the close win over Troy, what should’ve been a loss to NC State if the Wolf Pack could nail a chip shot field goal. Then there’s the home loss to a tough but still unranked Pitt team.
Is that enough though to propel the Wolverines into the top four of the CFP rankings? Sure the loss on the road to Iowa for Michigan was bad but how punishable is the controversial overtime loss to the Buckeyes in Columbus last weekend?
Losing to the Hawkeyes on the road and the second ranked Buckeyes at the shoe certainly sounds better than losing to Pitt at home and potentially Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. Not to mention other than those setbacks in Iowa City and Columbus, Michigan has definitely looked like a top four team in the country. I don’t think the same could be said about Clemson.