Which makes sense. Our 3 losses are to Bama (#4) basically on the road but a neutral night game, to ND (#3) on the road at night and to Nebraska (#14) on the road at night with our QB down and out. Weve lost 3 games to 3 of the top 15 teams in the country at night on the road.
Michigan #21 in BCS Standings
What is odd, though, is that the computer "love" is a recent thing. Earlier in the season, the computers were ranking UM lower than the human polls. There was a week where UM was ranked in both human polls (Harris and Coaches) but not in the Top 25 BCS standings due to crappy computer rankings.
Washington is 6-4, gets 8 combined votes from the AP and Coaches poll, but makes it into the top 25 in the BCS poll...
Washington has wins over Stanford and Oregon State. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have only beaten West Virginia.
They do have quality wins/losses, but still. They're barely over .500. I guess I'd rather see them up there than a shitty SEC team.
They're the only team to have played 4 top ten teams
If this is a possibility by the time the SEC title game rolls around we would be Georgia fans. The Sugar wouldn't have any interest in us if Alabama is there. I think OK will lose one of there last 3 games which would help us out.
in the top 9.
C'mon man. This conferennce has done NOTHING outside of itself to deserve these kinds of rankings.
Non-conference opponents of the SEC 'elite'
East Carolina, UAB, La Tech, SMU, So Carolina St., No. Texas, Towson, Idaho, Washington, Bowling Green, La-Lafayette, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky
That's right folks the best non-conference opponent anyone of these 6 teams has played is Michigan, the next best probably 6-4 Washington
Still to be played: Wofford, Clemson, Sam Houston State, Jacksonville State, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Western Carolina
I totally agree. The SEC has some pretty good teams but they're not deserving of 6 spots in the top 10. Alabama showed they're very vulnerable and honestly top to bottom they're no better than any other conference in America.
Michigan still has a chance to sneak in. Teams ahead:
- 20 Louisiana Tech: M should jump if they win out.
- 19 Louisville: Would jump when/if L-ville loses @ Rutgers
- 18 USC: Would jump if they lose to ND or UCLA
- 17 UCLA: Would jump if they lose to USC or Stanford
- 16 Oregon State: Could jump when they lose to Oregon
- 15 Texas: Could jump if they lose to KSU
- 14 Nebraska: If they get upset the standigs won't matter, but they could be jumped with a loss in the B10CG
- 13 Stanford: could be jumped if they lose to Oregon or UCLA
- 12 Oaklahoma: Still has WVU, Ok St and TCU, but they may need multiple losses to fall far enough
- 11 Clemson: Still has Nc St and S Carolina, probably need to lose both
- 10 FSU: Still has Florida and Maryland, probably need to lose both
Also, if UCLA or USC lose the Pac10CG they could fall far enough.
All would be moot if M doesn't win out and there is no garuntee they would be picked, even if they sneak in to the top 14.
Assuming Nebraska makes the title game, the best scenario is Wisky loses to OSU but beats the huskers in the title game. That scenario eliminates either Nebraska or Wisky from being ahead of UM.
Desmond Howard's number! A good sign for the rest of the year.
Let's move up to Denard's number next week, and the Wisterts' after that.
The scenario is especially plausible when you think about the magnitude of the OSU game and how a potential victory will help in the human polls. It will be a game with huge exposure - gameday could quite possibly be in town, in a matchup with an undefeated team and another (technically) still in the hunt for a Rose Bowl. A win on the road in that situation would send a massive message to the voters.
That's not even considering the clusterfuck of SEC teams at the top. SEC season is mostly over, with a few cupcake games to be played. We should be big Florida fans vs. FSU and big South Carolina fans vs. Clemson.
This is about to be berry berry interesting.
Michigan is likely going to be out of the hunt for the Rose Bowl by the time the Ohio kickoff rolls around. Nebraska plays at Iowa on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If memory serves, fifteen years ago, Nebraska had to rally to beat Colorado on the Friday after Thanksgiving to remain unbeaten.
A quick survey of the last five weeks of BCS ranks shows that 18 teams have been in the rankings all five weeks this season at some position, which is rather interesting, I think. Those teams are - Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and USC. By conference (or not, in one case), that is six SEC teams, four Pac-12 teams, four Big XII teams, two ACC teams, one Big East team and one Independent.
An outside [way outside] shot at a BCS at-large birth if we win over Iowa and OSU. Computers rank us at #16 (likely because our only losses are to 'Bama, Notre Dame, and Nebraska]. A couple things would have to fall our way, but it is possible.
That said, it looks like we will finish the season 8-4/9-3 with a trip to either the Outback or Capital One bowl (depending on whether or not we beat OSU). Nebraska shouldn't lose to Minny or Iowa, but Iowa under Ferentz does have a knack for pulling out stunner November games at Kinnick *takes moment of thanks for the game being in Ann Arbor*, and unfortunately that locks us out of the BTCG.