College Football Playoff Committee Chair Boo Corrigan explained the rationale behind ranking Clemson ahead of Michigan.

Michigan came in at  No. 5, behind Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson. Corrigan stated that Michigan’s “weaker non-conference (schedule)” was “part of the determination” in putting the team behind Clemson.

Michigan’s non-conference games include Colorado State, Hawaii, and UConn. Clemson’s non-conference foes are Louisiana Tech and Furman.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 2-6 on the season, while the Furman Paladins are an FCS team. While Michigan’s non-conference schedule is not overly impressive either, Clemson has only played 1 non-conference FBS opponent.

The Tigers and Wolverines will both have a chance to boost their resumes in the next few weeks. Clemson will play Notre Dame and South Carolina, while Michigan will play Illinois and Ohio State.