ESPN looks at four key College Football Playoff questions after AP announces Top-25 Poll
The AP announced its top-25 poll earlier this morning which featured four Big Ten teams. Ohio State is ranked at No. 6, Michigan at No. 7, Michigan State at No. 12 and Iowa at No. 17.
So, what big question regarding the Big Ten did ESPN come up with since the top-25 poll was announced?
‘What about Jim Harbaugh?’
Heather Dinich of ESPN.com wrote about Harbaugh and his Wolverines being placed at No. 7 entering the 2016 season:
“College football’s most polarizing personality and Twitter account were one of the top storylines of the summer, but look at the AP Poll and — gasp! — Ohio State (No. 6) is still ranked ahead of Michigan (No. 7). Until proved otherwise, the Buckeyes remain the team to beat. ESPN’s FPI tells a different story, as it projects the Wolverines to win their first outright Big Ten title since 2003. In order to do that, Michigan has to win at Michigan State, at Iowa and at Ohio State. It’s unlikely that we’ll know Michigan’s true place in the playoff until late November.”
As Dinich mentioned, Ohio State is still the top dog in the conference. The Buckeyes went into 2015 as the unanimous No. 1 team after winning the title in 2014.
Then, finishing the 2015 season, Ohio State closed out the final AP rankings at No. 4. Michigan finished at No. 12.
The Michigan-Ohio State game will surely reveal who the king of the Big Ten is at that time (on Nov. 26), but not before the Wolverines have to travel to Michigan State (Oct. 29) and Iowa (Nov. 12).
Can Harbaugh’s Wolverines not only beat Ohio State for the first time since 2011, but can they win the conference outright and participate in its first College Football Playoff at the end of the year?
Dinich’s other key questions and entire article can be read here.