Kirk Herbstreit provided his take as to why Michigan was ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings despite a big away win at then-3rd ranked Ohio State.

The Wolverines rolled past the Buckeyes 45-23 at Ohio Stadium. Meanwhile, No. 1 Georgia kept its top spot after a 34-17 win over Georgia Tech after leading only 10-7 at halftime.

For Herbstreit, the fact that the Bulldogs are the defending champions are why the Wolverines were slotted at No. 2 instead of No. 1. That’s despite ESPN colleague Heather Dinich holding a contrary viewpoint.

“The way they’ve played all year, there’s really nothing that they’ve done, regardless if you want to go through every week of their schedule, they deserve to be at that top spot, despite Michigan having…maybe the best win of anybody in what they did last week at Ohio State.” he said.

What if Michigan loses in the B1G Championship against Purdue? Will it still make the Playoff? Herbstreit expressed belief that it would, along with Georgia if it were to lose to LSU in the SEC Championship.

“I think both of those teams go into the last weekend, Championship Saturday, if they lose the game, I think they’re still in,” he said.