Opinions are like, you know, well everyone has one. So ESPN's opinion is not otherwise noteworthy except for the fact that the numbers they use to argue that UCF is more deserving that Michigan, are wrong. Since its a shot across Michigan's bow, here you go. (It's a ways down in the article):
No, UCF hasn't played a brutal schedule, but the Knights now have wins over Memphis (7-4), Temple (7-4) and Cincinnati (9-2). If they beat USF next week, that will be four wins over teams that finish 7-5 or better. That's as many as Notre Dame has and better than that of Michigan (3)...
Michigan currently has wins over 4 teams that will finish 7-5 or better, unless you believe that MSU has a chance of losing at home to Rutger next week.
Then since we are comparing next week, if UCF wins (assumed here) lets also assume Michigan wins out, right? (Otherwise we aren't in the discussion).
To win out Michigan will have 6 wins over teams 7-5 or better vs UCF's 4. (not to mention the quality of those opponents).
9-3 PSU (plays Maryland next week)
7-5 MSU (Plays Rutger next week)
8-5 Northwestern (Plays Illinois next week)
8-5 Northwestern (Assuming we win out, we play and beat them twice)
8-4 Wisconsin (Plays Minnesota next week. They might lose this, but still come out 7-5 or better).
One could also add that UCF will have had 2 "quality" road win by 1 point, over Memphis and whatever happens vs USF.
Michigan will have have had 4.
Additionally, if Western Michigan beats NIU at home on Tuesday (a game they have a good chance to win), Michigan will have 7 wins over teams 7-5 or better vs UCF's 4.
Let's not call it 3, please.