Michigan Football: Where Wolverines Will Rank in Final BCS Standings

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines gives encouragement to his team against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan 13-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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At the end of the season, the Michigan Wolverines will find themselves exactly where they are now in the BCS standings—on the outside of the Top 25.

The Wolverines aren't having a terrible season by any means, tied for first in the Big Ten's Legends division with Nebraska at 4-1 in conference play and with a 6-3 record overall.

But of the three games remaining on their schedule, only their game against a 4-5 (2-3 Big Ten) Iowa squad on Nov. 17 at the Big House is one that we can circle as a win.

No. 24 Northwestern (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) on Saturday and Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) to end the season are both hurdles that the Wolverines may not be able to get over.

For argument's sake, let's say that the Wolverines split those two games, beating Northwestern and losing to Ohio State.

That gives them a 1-2 record against BCS Top 25 opponents, not exactly an impressive record.

Even if they were to win the Legends Division—which can only happen if Nebraska loses to either Penn State, Minnesota or Iowa—they'd be facing either Wisconsin or Indiana in the Big Ten championship game.

Neither of those schools is a Top-25 team either, and while winning the Big Ten championship is a wonderful accomplishment, doing so in a down season for the conference when the two best teams—Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for postseason play—isn't really impressive when it comes to the BCS.

The only way I see Michigan getting into the BCS Top 25 at the end of the season is to run the table the rest of the way.

With all due respect to Brady Hoke and company, I don't see them being able to take down an Ohio State team that would most definitely be ranked in the Top 10 were they bowl eligible.