Nearly every ESPN College Football Playoff prognosticator had Michigan football in their top four after the Week 7 drubbing of Penn State, but those in the Fox Sports contingent weren’t as optimistic about the maize and blue.
With Week 8 about to kick off, the doubt in the Wolverines is real, especially with Ohio State looming in Week 13. While the Buckeyes have only beaten one team with a winning record (Toledo), they have a test coming up on Saturday, with Iowa — a team that Michigan beat, 27-14, in Week 5 — coming into Columbus. If OSU scores at will, certainly it’ll bolster its outlook.
On Saturday, the Fox Sports’ four main panelists predicted which four teams they expect to make the College Football Playoff, and the only one to put Michigan ‘in’ was former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
The Big Noon Kickoff crew made their CFP picks on the show today 👀
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— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 22, 2022
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Naturally, Quinn still has OSU as his No. 1, and he clearly expects Alabama to rebound in a big way, while Clemson appears to have an easy path in, if it can get past Syracuse. Also, there’s no way Urban Meyer would put the Wolverines in, instead putting in UCLA, which is an underdog to Oregon on Saturday. Meyer also said last Saturday that there was no way that Michigan would be able to run on Penn State.
Of course, last year, no one expected Michigan to be in a position to make the playoffs. And that includes going into Week 13. Then the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes, surprising nearly everyone in the college football world. Could it happen again? There’s a strong likelihood that both enter The Game undefeated should both continue looking as they have.