The two major polls won’t release new rankings until Monday. But it’s never too early to take stock of the postseason picture.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach updated his College Football Playoff and Heisman rankings after Saturday’s results, with both Ohio State and Michigan making his top four. Schlabach had No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Michigan.
Here’s Schlabach on Michigan:
One day after the 100-year anniversary of Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland, Michigan steamrolled Rutgers 78-0 on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights had two first downs, five passing yards and were outgained 600-39 in total offense. Rutgers has been outscored 136-0 in its last two games.
Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines are making noise in the Heisman picture too. Though Clemson QB Deshaun Watson leads for Schlabach, he has Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett second and Michigan star Jabrill Peppers third. Peppers scored two rushing touchdowns and almost had another score. A penalty also took away what would have been a punt return score.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is joining the Heisman push for Peppers. He made that clear after the Rutgers blowout.
“In my humble opinion, you’re looking at a Heisman Trophy … winner. And a candidate,” Harbaugh said of Peppers.