Very little separates No. 4 Washington from No. 5 Michigan in the College Football Playoff rankings, CFP selection chairman Kirby Hocutt said Tuesday on ESPN and on a teleconference.
“The selection committee looks at Michigan with a strong resume,” Hocutt said. “Three wins against top-10 teams and it played an impressive team (Ohio State), despite the loss. There’s a small separation between four and five (Washington and Michigan).”
Hocutt on ESPN: Separation between Washington and Michigan is "extremely small."
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"I don't think I can emphasize enough the small separation between Washington and Michigan." _ Hocutt
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After losing to Ohio State in double overtime Saturday, Michigan is 10-2 on the season, with wins over Penn State and Wisconsin. Washington is 11-1 but lacks a win against a team currently in the top 15.
It all adds up to Michigan clearly having a strong resume even with the two losses, according to the selection committee.
“We talked about Michigan’s additional loss to an unranked team on the resume (Iowa),” Hocutt said. “You can’t look forward and anticipate what can happen this weekend. But Michigan does have an impressive resume in the eyes of the selection committee.”
The Huskies have a chance to distance themselves from Michigan with a win against No. 8 Colorado on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game. Michigan did not qualify for the Big Ten title game and therefore has no more games on its schedule.
The Wolverines’ best shot at making the playoff is to have Washington and No. 3 Clemson both lose in their respective conference championship games.