It all comes down to this. The final regular season game for the Michigan Wolverines. The Game. They are still locked in as the number four team in the country and while their entire focus (and yours) will be on the game at noon on Saturday, there are still other games going on (two of them are getting played tonight) and some that can help the Wolverines playoff chances if they can defeat the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Game 1: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 West Virginia
Last week, this matchup was going to be a bad thing for the Wolverines as both of these teams were in the top 10, but West Virginia lost last week, dashing their playoff hopes and now that just means this game got easier to pick to favor the Wolverines.
West Virginia winning would boost them into the top 10, but the highest they could jump is to number seven. Oklahoma winning this game could push them to jump Georgia as they will add another impressive victory to their resume and be on the heels of the Wolverines.
Oklahoma getting bounced from the playoff talk limits the teams that could jump the Wolverines in the rankings, or start a debate at who deserves it more.
Root for: No. 13 West Virginia
Game 2: No. 16 Washington vs. No. 8 Washington State
A team that is distantly on the heels for Michigan is the Washington State Cougars. A win this week would get them over LSU (hopefully) and possibly higher if Oklahoma loses.
Michigan needs teams between five and 10 to lose games this week so they have some breathing room in a worst-case scenario. They can defeat one of those teams this week and need help elsewhere with it. Washington State losing helps the Wolverines, plain and simple.
Root for: No. 16 Washington
Game 3: No. 7 LSU vs. No. 22 Texas A&M
Out of all three games here, this one is the least important, but still something to watch for this weekend. LSU is the number seven team in the country with two losses, ahead of two teams with one loss and an undefeated team, their playoff hopes are slim but still possible.
A loss to the Aggies can 100 percent put the case to bed, but a victory over them makes LSU’s case stronger. Now if the current top four win out, then it isn’t an issue. But if madness happens LSU is in the conversation when they don’t deserve to be as there are three better teams then LSU ranked beneath them and Michigan shouldn’t have to worry about a team that shouldn’t be in the race still.