After beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 40-34 on Saturday, the Wolverines were expected to move up in the BCS rankings and secure an at-large bid to play in a BCS bowl. With a hungry Michigan fanbase, it was a shoo-in that they would be selected due to all the money that could be generated from fan travel and TV ratings.
All of this changed on Sunday. With the release of the BCS rankings, Michigan fans were stunned as they found their beloved Wolverines had fell to the 16th spot opposed to the previous ranking of 15. While this looks like Michigan is out of a BCS game, fans should not worry, there's still a chance.
This weekend, there are many opportunities for Michigan to move up in the rankings. This weekend is conference championship game weekend, naturally there are many teams who are ranked above the Wolverines in championship games.
For the Big 10 is concerned, the championship game is between 15th-ranked Wisconsin and 13th-ranked Michigan State. This is a rematch of a game earlier this year in which MSU stunned Wisconsin with an amazing Hail Mary pass to win the game.
Unfortunately for Spartan and Badger fans, one team must lose during this contest. Most people have Wisconsin in this game, so let's assume they win. This provides more space for Michigan and Wisconsin in the BCS rankings to move up. While this alone will not propel Michigan into the BCS game hunt, it will help.
While the game between third-ranked Oklahoma State and 10th-ranked Oklahoma is not a conference championship game, it will determine the winner of the Big 12 conference. Oklahoma State has been looking very strong all year, except for the game against Iowa State.
Oklahoma lost to Baylor two weeks ago but has not looked as good as the Cowboys having lost to Texas Tech earlier in the year. If Oklahoma State wins this game, not only does Oklahoma State make an interesting argument for the national championship, it knocks the Sooner's down, opening more space for Michigan to move up.
Lastly, Georgia plays LSU in the SEC championship game. LSU has been extremely dominant this year, and while many people would love to see an upset, it probably is not going to happen. When this happens, Georgia, currently ranked 14th will drop out of the top 15, allowing Michigan to rise to the top 14.
While, the results of the SEC and Big Ten championship games are probably enough for Michigan to rise in the BCS standings, many scenarios could play out, allowing Michigan to play in a BCS game.
While Michigan fans were very frustrated with the current rankings, I urge fans to sit back and watch. Things may be better than they seem.