5Michigan can jump Notre Dame
When spokesman Rob Mullens appeared on ESPN after the release, a discussion about Michigan and Notre Dame ended with a qualifier: “this week.” That simple addition may have floated past listeners, but it’s a clear indication of how highly the committee rates Michigan. Currently, the head-to-head result against Notre Dame matters. However, if the Wolverines win the Big Ten title, their strength of schedule and wins might be favored over the September result. At the earliest, a move wouldn’t happen unless Michigan beats Ohio State in Week 13. But it’s a real possibility.