Obviously we want everyone above us or near us in the rankings to lose a game. Even Alabama, if they lose to Auburn next week that means the SEC title game loser is guaranteed to have 2 losses and then behind a hypothetical 12-1 Michigan BigTen Champion.
However, do we cheer for past opponents to win in case the committee considers having someone like Georgia or Oklahoma leapfrog us?
-If MSU wins today against Nebraska they will likely finish 8-4 (last game is vs Rutgers). If MSU is 8-4 they likely re-emerge into the Top-25 giving us a quality road win. However, MSU falling today and hitting 6-5 could take more shine off of Dantonio's luster. What is better for our program?
-#10 OSU at Maryland? The same. An OSU win means that they would likely still be top 15 if we beat them and they are 10-2 when the committee selects teams. However, it would be nice to see Meyer start to crack a bit.
-#22 Northwestern beating Minnesota seems like it can only help us as they are the West winner anyways and we need them entering that game 8-4 and possibly in the top 20.
Do we cheer for MSU and OSU to pad our resume or against our rivals as they are showing potential cracks.