The College Football Playoff released its first Top 25 of the season Tuesday night and ranked Michigan No. 5 in the country.?U-M had the same ranking in the AP Poll.
“They’re on this Revenge Tour … and you have to give them credit for that,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during ESPN’s broadcast of the rankings.
Ahead of U-M in the top-five is No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Notre Dame. LSU and Alabama play each other this weekend so if the Wolverines can hold off a No. 14 Penn State upset, it’s officially a “playoff team,” by entering the top-four.
Other teams ranked from the Big Ten include Ohio State (10), Penn State (14) and Iowa (16). Wisconsin dropped out of the AP Top 25 this week following a loss to Northwestern. That means Michigan has zero ranked wins.
Regardless, the panel on ESPN’s broadcast in agreement — including Herbstreit, David Pollack, Jesse Palmer, Joey Galloway and Rece Davis — all agreed if Michigan wins out, it’s going to the College Football Playoff.
The Wolverines have games left against No. 10 Ohio State (Nov. 24) and No. 14 Penn State (Nov. 3).