ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Even though his team is winning games by massive margins, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh won’t take a stand on whether lopsided scores should factor into a team’s ranking.
Asked Tuesday if the College Football Playoff committee should take a team’s margin of victory into consideration, Harbaugh passed the buck.
“I don’t have an opinion,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know the answer to your question.”
Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten Conference) is at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The updated rankings will be released at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Michigan, which plays at 8 p.m. ET Saturday at Iowa, has won six games by a margin of at least 33 points, including last Saturday’s 59-3 win against Maryland. No. 2 Clemson has won only three games by a margin of more than 33 points — against South Carolina State (59-0), Boston College (56-10) and Syracuse (54-0).
Harbaugh also was asked if it was easier to tell his team to “control your own destiny” rather than keep an eye on what other teams are doing.
“I don’t know if we address it, either way,” Harbaugh said. “Focus on the next game, the game at hand. That’s where we put our focus. Rightfully so.”