Jim Harbaugh praised Michigan football’s coaching staff during the news conference on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Ann Arbor.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep
The College Football Playoff committee’s top four remained the same this week.
With Michigan (9-1, 7-0) holding down the final early projected playoff spot at No. 4.
The Wolverines, whose only loss is to current No. 3 Notre Dame, kept their spot in the top four this week after an easy win at Rutgers on Saturday. The Wolverines wrap up their home slate this week vs. Indiana before visiting No. 10 Ohio State in two weeks.
Some of the playoff debate in recent weeks has centered around Michigan ranking ahead of Georgia, also a one-loss team at No. 5.
CFP committee chair Rob Mullens was asked about this specifically Tuesday night during a teleconference with reporters why the Wolverines remain ahead of Georgia.
His answer: Resume.
“Michigan has a very strong resume, they’ve won nine games in a row, the only loss is to the No. 3-ranked team on the board in the first game of the year,” Mullens said. “They’ve got wins at Northwestern, at Michigan State and a dominant win over Penn State. The No. 1 defense in the country.
Comparing Michigan and Georgia may be a bit of a hot topic at the moment, though it might not mean much in terms of head-to-head comparisons at the end of the year. If Georgia wins out and finishes the year 12-1, which would include a win over current No. 1-ranked Alabama in the SEC title game, the Bulldogs would most likely have a spot.
It stands to reason that — assuming Notre Dame and Clemson win out — a 12-1 Big Ten champion Michigan team, in that same scenario, would likely be compared with a one-loss Alabama squad for the fourth spot.
Still, the committee kept the Wolverines ahead of the Bulldogs again this week, making Michigan the top-ranked one-loss team in America.
“Obviously (Georgia’s) last three wins are extremely impressive,” Mullens added. “Coupled with their only loss to a ranked LSU team. We see a very competitive team. Strong defense. Offense continues to make strides. That’s why the committee has them fifth.”
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