Gary Barta explains why the CFP committee put Michigan football No. 2

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  • Gary Barta
    American football player, college athletics administrator

Michigan entered Saturday ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and it did everything it had to do against Iowa. The Wolverines thoroughly decimated the Hawkeyes on every facet of the game.

The maize and blue caught fire offensively in the second half by scoring four second-half touchdowns, and the defense held Iowa to very minimal on offense, which lead Michigan to a, 42-3, thrashing of Iowa.

The college football committee selected Alabam as the No. 1 seed, which left the Wolverines staying at No. 2. Michigan will now face Georgia in the first round of the playoffs.

The chair of the College Football Playoff committee, Gary Barta, shares what the committee thought about Michigan and why it stayed at No. 2.

Gary Barta says the big reason why Alabam went around Michigan was because of what the Tide did against Georgia. He said it was a complete game against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation — who has been the best team for quite some time now.

“Well, let’s begin with the game that was played last night,” said Barta. “Going into the game Georiga was undefeated and was ranked No. 1 by the committee all along. Not only did Alabam beat Georgia, but the way they beat them. They controlled the game from start to finish. So, there’s that but when you add that to their body of work with wins against Ole Miss, Arkansas, etc.”

“Now Michigan, obviously a big win — two weeks in a row now — looking great against Ohio State and Iowa. But at the end of the day, the complete victory over Georgia — the committee came to a strong consensus that Alabama was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2.”

Now it’s time for Michigan to turn its attention to Georgia and get ready for the Orange Bowl.

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