Down goes Colorado; Michigan Rooting Interest turns to Virginia Tech

 

Michigan fans were left disappointed Friday night as the Buffaloes were unable to get the job done in the PAC 12 championship game over #4 Washington.

Playoff hopes for the #5 ranked Wolverines narrowed as they now must hope for a Virginia Tech win over #3 Clemson in the ACC championship game on Saturday night.

The Tigers are a (-10.5) favorite over the Hokies, and many are expecting a win; to see Deshaun Watson and his explosive offense return to the playoffs for a consecutive appearance. 

May the chips fall where they will fall for the Wolverines, and for the Clemson Tigers. 

WATCH: Colin Cowherd “Michigan is the only team that matches up with Alabama”

Friday on Colin Cowherd’s sports talk show, ‘The Herd’, the sports analyst stated his belief that “Michigan is the only team that matches up with Alabama.”.

Cowherd believes that putting Michigan into the final four of the playoff is the only way to make it competitive. He goes onto say how the #5 ranked Wolverines “for three quarters, dominated Ohio State…” and also stated that he believes it was the “worst officiated big game he’s seen in college football this year..”.

WATCH in the video below!

Big Ten Hardware for Peppers

As expected; do-everything Michigan star linebacker Jabrill Peppers finished his redshirt sophomore regular season with an award, or two…or three to be exact.

Peppers earned three individual awards: the Nagurski-Woodson defensive player of the year, the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the year, and the Butkus-Fitzgerald linebacker of the year award.

“It definitely means a lot, I definitely put the work in and it’s great to be rewarded,” Peppers on his Big Ten Network broadcast interview Tuesday night. The redshirt sophomore is the first player to win three individual awards all in one season in Big Ten history.

Peppers accounted for 72 tackles, 16 for loss, and 4 sacks. Tied for second leading tackler for Michigan. The linebacker recorded his first collegiate INT against the Buckeyes last Saturday. He led the Big Ten in punt return yards per attempt at 14.8, and third in kickoff yardage per game at 26.

The Wolverine superstar was also named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. Along with quarterbacks: Jake Browning (Washington), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (Alabama).

Jabrill was far from being the only one to receive all conference honors for the Michigan defensive unit, as you will see in the graphic below per @CoachJim4UM on twitter:

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Michigan will prepare for the chips to fall where they will fall in the following weekend as they can only hope for a Colorado win in the PAC 12 championship game over Washington, and a Virginia Tech win over Clemson in the ACC championship in order to open up the playoff door for the Wolverines.

ChadTough Foundation gains from Coach Harbaugh’s citation

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s postgame comments regarding officiating on Saturday have officially as of Monday cost him a fine to the Big Ten conference of $10,000.

The blog ‘Maize and Go Blue’ is using a “lemons into lemonade” philosophy about the situation. The blog has started a campaign on ‘generosity.com’ to match every penny of Harbaugh’s fine with ambition to raise it all by this Saturday before kick-off of the Big Ten championship game.

If you’re unfamiliar with who Chad Carr is, he is the four year old grandson of former Michigan head coach, Lloyd Carr. Chad passed away over a year ago of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The ChadTough Foundation funds research, and spreads awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors.

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If you support this cause, and would like to help the campaign reach their goal of $10K by this Saturday, click the link below to donate now!

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Michigan’s Path to the Playoffs

Prior to Saturday, Michigan’s destiny was in their own hands; it seemed simple. The #3 ranked Wolverines had to beat the Buckeyes, and then go win the Big Ten championship for a secured playoff berth to be a reality.

Michigan didn’t get the job done; they lost in Columbus, and now people are assuming that Jim Harbaugh’s chances of coaching in the playoffs this season are a lost dream — False! Michigan’s chances are very much alive, and are a lot better than you think they are!

The AP poll has Michigan at the #5 spot, and many believe that on Tuesday night, the CFB playoff committee will also have them at the #5 spot; some people believe that the Wolverines will still be ranked ahead of Washington at the #4 spot.

I believe that if Clemson wins the ACC with a win over Virginia Tech, and Washington wins the PAC 12 with a win over #9 ranked Colorado; then Michigan’s playoff spot will be officially dead.

Now let’s talk about if either Clemson or Washington were to lose…

In a perfect world for the Wolverines; Virginia Tech, Colorado, would win their conferences, and knock Clemson, Washington, out of playoff contention. Thus, creating the perfect cake walk for Michigan right into a playoff spot.

The problem with said scenario would be the way the rankings are looking as of right now, the situation would invite three Big Ten teams (OSU, Mich, & either Penn State or Wisconsin) into the playoffs, and you have to question if the committee would allow it.

Asking for both Clemson, and Washington to lose in their conference championship games would be a tall order, some would consider it far fetched.

Say that only Clemson, or Washington lose this weekend, not both; then the playoff committee comes to a tough decision that will never make everyone happy — do you put in the Big Ten champions who lost in Ann Arbor, or do you put in a Michigan team with 3 wins over top ten teams, and took the  #2 ranked Buckeyes to double OT, and then lost in a way which many consider ‘controversial’?

Of course, you’ll wonder if the committee will strive to avoid devaluing conference championships, which they will already have to do with inviting Ohio State. Do they take Michigan, and Ohio State both over the Big Ten champions?

If Wisconsin can take down Penn State, the Badgers will have only two losses which are against two top ten teams (OSU, Mich). Wisconsin is chasing their first win over a current ranked top ten team.

Penn State already has their signature win over #2 Ohio State, and that is why they’re playing for the Big Ten title this Saturday.

This will all come down to what the committee values more: conference championships, or resumes. Ohio State, and Michigan are both 3-1 against the top ten this season, no team in the country has a better resume than these two Big Ten heavyweights — nope, not even Alabama.

Situations like these are one of the reasons we have a committee; to make these difficult decisions for college football, rather than the BCS computer system.

Tune into ESPN tonight at 7pm/ET for the playoff top 25 to be announced. May the chips fall where they fall.