Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 6:26 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018 The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2018 season will be unveiled Tuesday night, and the Michigan football team and its fans have as much interest in the results as any other team. The Wolverines are ranked No. 5 in the AP and Coaches Poll, behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and LSU, but the CFP committee of 13 members picks the four teams who will compete for the national championship. Tuesday's rankings, released beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN, will be the first of six this year, with the last one Dec. 2, determining the matchups for the semifinal games and the New Year's Six bowl games. This season's semifinal games are the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl. The national championship game is set for Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home of the San Francisco 49ers. The selection committee gathered Monday at a North Texas hotel for the first of a two-day meeting … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff rankings: Time, TV, more info
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Erick Smith USA TODAY Published 1:32 PM EDT Oct 23, 2018 Sometimes a loss changes everything. Sometimes it changes very little. The latter is the case for Ohio State. Yes, the Buckeyes were shocked at Purdue, but their outlook still remains the same: Take care of business in three manageable contests to set up a winner-take-all showdown with Michigan in the Big Ten East. The matchup with the Wolverines takes place in Columbus, and Ohio State still rates as the favorite. Michigan last won in Columbus in 2000. A victory against their rival sets the Buckeyes up to reach the College Football Playoff by winning the ensuing conference championship game. In last year's playoff, all four teams had one loss. For sure, there are improvements Urban Meyer has to make. Remember, though, after the shocking defeat to Iowa last year they won their last five. Sometimes, a wake-up call is needed. HEISMAN WATCH: Tagovailoa, Murray pulling away from rest of field RE-RANK: … [Read more...] about Michigan or Ohio State in College Football Playoff?
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 5:11 PM EDT Oct 20, 2018 EAST LANSING — It was fourth-and-2 and the punt was the safe play, but Jim Harbaugh wasn’t worried about being safe. He wanted to end it there, with his team driving again in Michigan State territory, and make sure there’d be no more Spartan magic. It was hard to blame him. After all, there’d been the bad snap three years ago and the interceptions in the deluge last year. The rain didn’t matter Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Michigan Wolverines dominated MSU. When it was dry. When it was windy. When it was wet. So when Harbaugh called a read-option for quarterback Shea Patterson, he knew even if it didn’t work, his defense would get him the ball back. Patterson took the snap and kept the ball and scooted around the edge for 11 yards. U-M scored a few plays later as part of a 21-7 victory over … [Read more...] about Michigan football cements itself as College Football Playoff contender
Ralph D. Russo Associated Press Published 12:39 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 The College Football Playoff has yet to produce a real surprise team. In four seasons, nine schools have reached the semifinals – and even the teams that came from outside the AP preseason Top 25 were traditional powers. The lowest-ranked team in the preseason media poll to make the CFP was Oklahoma in 2015. The Sooners were 19th to start the season, mostly because they were coming off a disappointing season (8-5) and few knew how good Baker Mayfield would be. More Michigan football: U-M settles in behind do-it-all quarterback Shea Patterson Football needs more people like Grant Newsome Clemson made the playoff that same year after starting the season ranked No. 12. The Tigers went 10-3 the season before, but Deshaun Watson was a sophomore coming off a knee injury, there was major turnover on defense and exactly what Dabo Swinney was building at Clemson had not yet been fully revealed. Washington was No. … [Read more...] about Michigan Wolverines will reach the College Football Playoff, AP says
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 9:31 p.m. UTC Jul 23, 2018 Jim Harbaugh is absolutely right. College Football Playoff needs to expand, and not by a little. The Michigan coach said Monday at the Big Ten media luncheon in Chicago that the FBS playoff needs to grow from its current format of four teams to 16 teams. “Thoughts on the playoff system,” Harbaugh said, “I guess the first thing that comes to mind is more would be more, more would be better in the playoffs. Four in right now. Let’s go to eight and eventually get to 16.” More: Michigan football Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten media days: All he said That was the boldest statement among the seven coaches who spoke Monday. Harbaugh pointed to how the Football Championship Subdivision playoff “model has been successful.” The FCS has a true tournament feel and has grown from its initial four teams in 1978 to 24 teams since 2013. But beyond citing any existing model, Harbaugh is … [Read more...] about Jim Harbaugh is right: Expand College Football Playoff to 16 teams