Michigan is No. 4 in the major polls. The Wolverines are ranked No. 1 by ESPN’s Football Power Index.
But not everyone thinks the Wolverines should be ranked that high.
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel has Michigan only No. 7 on his poll, even after the 78-0 drubbing of Rutgers. Even with the rank, Mandel was nothing but complimentary of the Wolverines:
Jim Harbaugh’s team delivered one of the most lopsided blowouts in recent memory. The Wolverines routed Rutgers 71-0, outgaining the Knights 600-39 and allowing just two first downs.
Going by the team around Michigan, Mandel must put more of an emphasis on big-time wins: Texas A&M is ranked sixth after beating previously unbeaten Tennessee, which is still No. 8 in his poll.
Ohio State is his No. 2 team behind Alabama. Wisconsin is No. 9 despite having a bye. But the surprise team is No. 10: Virginia Tech. The Hokies routed North Carolina, 34-3.
In the end, Michigan’s position in the rankings doesn’t really matter as long as the Wolverines keep winning. If Michigan faces Ohio State while undefeated, the Wolverines would be only two wins away from the College Football Playoff.