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Tuesday Morning Brews: Into the mystic

Michigan has passed its first major Big Ten test of the year

Wisconsin v Michigan Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. What a game this past weekend! Sure, Wisconsin has its faults as a team, but it was still a resounding win against a quality opponent. But, of course, Michigan’s win over Wisconsin wasn’t the only thing going on in the world of Wolverine sports. Without further ado...

Let’s get to it:

Field hockey picks of pair of weekend wins. The Wolverines kept things rolling on the field hockey pitch with a pair of weekend wins, one in conference and one out-of-conference. On Friday, Michigan traveled to East Lansing to take on Michigan State and returned to Ann Arbor with a 1-0 win. On Sunday, the Wolverines blew out Ball State, 6-0. The squad is now 11-6 (6-1), and by virtue of their earlier 1-2 loss to Maryland, in second place in the Big Ten. They’ll finish their regular season this coming Sunday against Ohio State.

Volleyball stretches win streak to four. The Wolverines also earned a pair of weekend wins on the hardwood. Volleyball took care of business against both Ohio State and Maryland to extend their win streak. On Friday, Ohio State rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set—which the Wolverines won to take the match. On Sunday, Michigan dropped the first set to the Terrapins before winning the next three. The team is now 17-2 (6-2) on the year and in second place in the Big Ten. They next play Illinois on Friday.

Men’s soccer earns split in last week’s action. On the soccer pitch, the Wolverines split their two games last week. First up were the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers. The teams were locked in a scoreless match until Indiana netted the game winner in the 56th minute. Then came Detroit Mercy. The Wolverines took care of business, scoring early and often, en route to a 5-0 victory. The team is now 9-2-1 (3-1-1) on the season and in third place in the Big Ten. They’ll be back in action this evening against Notre Dame before resuming their Big Ten schedule on Friday with Wisconsin.

We’re still two weeks away from the first edition of the CFP rankings (Oct 30), but that didn’t stop Jason Kirk over at the SB Nation mothership from putting together his own. Kirk’s article isn’t so much an exercise in precision, as he makes use of some groups, but it’s still as good a prediction as any at this point. Taking the No. 1 spot is... Alabama. Shocker. In the No. 2, 3, and 4 slots, Kirk suggests there is some variation of Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame (and that’s how I’d order them if it were up to me). In the No. 5 & 6 slots Kirk has LSU and Michigan. Coming in at Nos. 7-10 are Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

After last week’s #Chaos, SB Nation’s bowl projections were understandably shaken up. With a number of Top-25 teams losing, it was inevitable. So just how much did they change? Well, for one, Michigan is now projected to be in the CFP Playoff. Yeah, seriously. The mothership has taken notice of the Wolverines after the Beatdown in the Big House. Ohio State is projected to be in the Rose Bowl, and Iowa is projected to be in the Fiesta Bowl. Filling out the rest of the likely bowl-eligible Big Ten is Penn State (Citrus), Michigan State (Outback), Minnesota (Gator), and Wisconsin (Holiday).