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After having a great start to the 2014 Director's Cup in which they were ranked as high as 4th after the winter sports, Michigan finishes 13th overall, and 2nd in the B1G, behind Penn State at #5.
Other B1G landing spots:
18 - Wisconsin
21 - Minnesota
23 - Nebraska
25 - Ohio State
29 - Michigan State
32 - Maryland
36 - Indiana
47 - Illinois
48 - Purdue
50 - Northwestern
78 - Iowa
91 - ... and finishing worst in the B1G, lets give a warm round of applause to... Rutgers! Great acquisition, Jim!
Michigan finishes with 983.25 points, Stanford, of course, paced the field with 1482 points.
Michigan's Historical placing (lovingly poached from Wiki):
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Director's Cup final standings (pdf) were released today.
A look at the top 5, the Big Ten, and Nebraska/Notre Dame:
1. Stanford (16th straight)
5. Florida State
8. Ohio State
11. Penn State
27. Notre Dame
39. Michigan State
Also, in D2, Grand Valley mafia are the #1.
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Michigan, in spite of a terrible football season and a general underperformance of its' fall sports, sits in second place behind (surprise) Stanford.
The final standings are released in about a week and AFAIK only the College World Series remains as an NCAA sanctioned tournament. The only team within striking distance of Michigan is UNC, whose excellent play in Omaha should provide enough points to surpass Michigan. I'd say the final standings will shake out as 1) Stanford 2) UNC 3) Michigan.