BCS Rankings Week 13: Michigan Will Rise Too High After Defeating Huskers

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 20, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19:  Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines looks for yards during a fourth quarter run against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 45-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Wolverines are my childhood favorite as far as college football programs, but they are so overrated this year. It's not just the Wolverines; it is the entire Big Ten conference. 

The Wolverines are going to rise higher than they deserve Sunday night when the much-anticipated BCS rankings are revealed.

The Wolverines were last ranked 18th in the BCS; now, with the defeat of the Big Ten powerhouse Nebraska, the Wolverines could go as high as 14th in the BCS.

Michigan's non-conference schedule was poor, with the equally overrated Notre Dame Fighting Irish as the highlight. 

They have feasted on the have-nots in the Big Ten, racking up a 58-0 win over Minnesota, blasting Purdue 36-14 and defeating Northwestern 42-24. 

When they have played the better teams in conference, they have stumbled, with the exception of Nebraska. 

But, how good are the Huskers? When you take a look at the best of the midwest (Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin), only two of those teams has a passing game that isn't subpar.

Removing Michigan State and Wisconsin, the other contenders have very one-dimensional offenses. The Wolverines have handicapped their best weapon by encouraging Denard Robinson to use his arm more.

I'm all for a well-balanced QB, but the fact is, Robinson is the deadliest college football player when he is a runner first, passer second. The emergence of Fitz Toussaint shouldn't mean Robinson's aggressiveness as a runner should fall off, but it has.

Michigan will drop any bowl game pitted against a team that is explosive offensively. As much as I wish Big Blue were a better overall team, it isn't the case.

Nonetheless, Big Ten association will cause them to rise in the BCS standings.