According to Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network, the University of Michigan is still very much alive to represent the Big Ten East in the Big Ten Championship game.
Basically, if Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all finish 7-1, with MSU losing to OSU and OSU then losing to U-M, the tiebreaker would kick in with the Wolverines having a real shot at getting the nod.
Here is an excerpt from Dienhart’s article to help explain that scenario.
Should it happen, with the Spartans’ defeat coming to the Buckeyes, and the Buckeyes’ setback coming to the Wolverines, the Big Ten title game matchup wouldn’t be official until four days before the big game on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Indianapolis.
That’s because, under this scenario, using the conference’s official tiebreakers, the tie would be broken by the final College Football Playoff Poll of the regular season, to be released at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Here is the tiebreaker:
The highest ranked team in the first College Football Playoff poll following the completion of Big Ten regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big Ten Championship Game, unless the two highest ranked tied teams are ranked within one spot of each other in the College Football Playoff poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big Ten Championship Game.
It would come down to this because the tie wouldn’t be broken by the conference’s first four tiebreakers.
Those are right here:
- The records of the three tied teams will be compared against each other. (They all would be 1-1 vs. each other)
- The records of the three tied teams will be compared within their division. (They all would be 4-1)
- The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5, 6, and 7). (They all would be 4-0)
- The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents. (They all would be 4-0)
So Wolverine fans, it’s not over yet. If Michigan State loses to Ohio State and then Michigan can run the table, including a final week victory against the Buckeyes, there is still hope.