2. At worst, win everything else, and split the games at Michigan State and Ohio State
In case you haven’t heard, Jim Harbaugh has had issues against Michigan State and Ohio State, going 1-5 against the two rivalry teams over the last three seasons.
And this year, both games are on the road.
Obviously, if this is the year, and Michigan can shake the funk and beat both teams, it’s on – there’s no excuse to not be in the Big Ten Championship.
But the Wolverines might be okay if they lose one of the two showdowns in a close fight, and finish 11-1.
If that happens, the resumé will include road wins over Notre Dame, Northwestern, and either Michigan State or Ohio State. It’ll also feature victories over Nebraska, Wisconsin and Penn State, with SMU and Western Michigan likely to end up going bowling, too.
It’ll be a far, far more impressive run than what Alabama came up with last season on the way to getting into the CFP on the “four best team” theory.
If the one loss is in a battle at East Lansing or Columbus, that will be as forgivable as it gets. Or …
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