Michigan and Penn State played two months ago, but it might as well have been two years ago.

The Lions haven’t lost since they were whipped in Ann Arbor and suddenly find themselves in the playoff discussion. Michigan, on the other hand, is coming off arguably its worst two games of the season.

So have the Lions somehow passed up the Wolverines?

According to Big Ten Network analyst Robert Smith, they have:

Smith’s explanation stemmed from the high-powered PSU offense, which averaged 39.7 points during the seven-game winning streak.

The Lions, of course, can still win the B1G East. That can only happen if Ohio State beats Michigan on Saturday and if the Lions take care of Michigan State. If Michigan wins, it clinches the B1G East and essentially squashes the idea of two B1G teams getting into the College Football Playoff.

Smith already predicted an Ohio State victory. It’s safe to say he thinks Penn State could run the table and end up with the B1G title.

We’ll find out soon enough.