Michigan football is in the playoff chase but what can the Wolverines do against Rutgers to try and impress the committee?
When it comes to Michigan football and Rutgers, there are a couple of different goals. One is to win for the Big Ten race. The other is to win for the College Football Playoff race.
What’s interesting is that those are completely different things for Michigan football. The Wolverines just have to keep winning to win the Big Ten. However, in order to make the playoffs, winning isn’t enough, you have to win impressively, especially against teams like Rutgers.
If you haven’t seen Rutgers play, they are easily the worst team in the Big Ten. They rank last or near last in every statistical category in the Big Ten and according to the college football S&P rankings, the Scarlet Knights rank 125th. Michigan ranks third.
So far the committee has been impressed by the Wolverines and part of that has to do with the how impressively Michigan has beaten teams. Michigan is outscoring teams by an average of 23 points and in three straight wins over ranked teams, UM won by an average of 24.
So like it or not, if Michigan football is going to keep impressing the committee, it needs to beat Rutgers by a lot. Not saying it needs to get out of hand, but Michigan probably needs to score 40-50 points. A 21-3 win over something like that wouldn’t seem that impressive. It might not hurt much, but eventually, it could.
Right now, Michigan football has momentum and in the race for the playoffs, that is a precious thing. So a dominating performance is going to be required tomorrow and knowing the opponent, that shouldn’t be a problem.
However, Rutgers has played a couple competitive games within the Big Ten against Northwestern and Indiana, so the Wolverines have to do more than show up. An upset seems impossible and a close game does too, yet if UM isn’t ready to go, on the road, bad things can happen.
Hopefully, Michigan football doesn’t slip in its level of play from recent weeks. If it doesn’t, getting an impressive win over Rutgers should be pretty easy.