College Football Playoff rankings: Where Michigan stands

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan is No. 24 in the third College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night.

The CFP committee ranks the Top 25 teams and selects the top 4 teams in the nation that will play for the national championship.

The CFP committee considers a team’s wins and losses, its strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, outcomes against common opponents and factors such as injuries that could affect a team’s performance.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) are ranked on account of their wins and their strength of schedule; Michigan’s 35-10 win on Saturday at Maryland helped the Wolverines’ cause.

Michigan’s strength of schedule is No. 56 in the latest Sagarin Ratings; by comparison, undefeated Wisconsin is No. 63, Alabama No. 49 and Miami No. 32. Florida State has the top strength-of-schedule rating.

The Wolverines can help their cause with their next two games against opponents ranked in the College Football Playoff. Michigan faces Wisconsin at noon ET on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. The Wolverines host Ohio State at noon ET on Nov. 25 at Michigan Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams.


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