The Wolverines won their third straight Big Ten Championship when they beat Iowa, 26-0, on Saturday night. The win moved them up to the top spot in the AP Poll and College Football Playoff rankings as well.
The Wolverines were behind the Buckeyes in last week’s FPI despite beating them on the field. It is by the slimmest or margins, though, as they are just 0.1 points ahead of OSU.
Penn State somehow moved to No. 3 despite not even playing and having two losses. The string of Big Ten teams ended there, though, as Oregon came in at No. 4 despite losing to Washington in the Pac-12 Championship.
Michigan’s opponent in the CFP semifinal, Alabama, comes in at No. 5 after upsetting Georgia in the SEC Championship. Georgia, which won’t get a chance to defend back-to-back titles, comes in at No. 6. Texas was right behind at No. 7 and was followed by Oklahoma, LSU and Notre Dame. Florida State, which was snubbed for the CFP, is at No. 11.
The other playoff team, Washington, is at No. 13. The Huskies are somehow a spot behind a four-loss Kansas State team.
The computers have us shaking our heads even more than the CFP committee picking Alabama over Florida State, but at least the Wolverines can claim another No. 1 ranking.