BCS Rankings: Michigan Will Be Unranked for Rest of Season After Loss to Iowa

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2011

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 5: Marcus Coker #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs over Troy Woolfolk #29 of the Michigan Wolverines during first half action at Kinnick Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With the bitter taste of Michigan's loss to rivals Michigan State barely washed out of the mouths of Michigan fans, today's upset loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes was yet another punch to the gut for the Wolverines faithful.

Going into their October 15th matchup against the Spartans, the Wolverines were looking like title contenders that could make an outside case for a national championship.

Then they got beat easily by their in-state rivals. That game was an underwhelming performance that showed Michigan’s true colors, but at that time they did not deserve to completely lose out on a ranking.

Now, with two losses, some would still argue that they are still a good team and do not deserve to lose a place amongst the elite. But did Michigan look elite out there today?

The answer is no.

They only lost by a differential of eight points, but that is because Iowa is an inferior team that could not take advantages of the opportunities that they were given.

This is exactly why the Wolverines should not be ranked among the elite. They could not perform against a poor Iowa team that was not expected to be much of a test.

In two weeks the Wolverines are playing Nebraska, which is currently ranked No. 10.

A loss in that game will be the Wolverines' third of the year, and if they have not lost a ranking by then they will be thrown so far out of the door that when they land they will shatter their pelvis.

For now, all the Wolverines can do is go back home, lick their wounds and wonder what went wrong and why a season that looked so promising has taken such a stark U-turn.