The College Football Playoff race is just getting started, but there are some teams already behind the 8-ball. If you have a loss in the first four games, you are playing with fire.
A one-loss team pretty much has to win out and win its conference title game to guarantee a shot at the playoff. Getting in with two losses is possible, but unlikely.
Michigan lost its season opener at Notre Dame, which caused many to eliminate the Wolverines from the playoff chase. Kirk Herbstreit is not counting them out though.
Appearing on SportsCenter this morning, Herbstreit gave his reasoning why Michigan, which has won three-straight games, is still alive for the CFP.
"When you lose early, fans get frustrated and Michigan to me was that team in Week 1,” Herbstreit said. “They lost the game (to Notre Dame) and not only lost the game, they didn’t look very good on offense. Jim Harbaugh since then has gone to work after that disappointing loss in Week 1 … so don’t forget about Michigan."
Now, Herbstreit is technically correct. If Michigan runs the table and wins the Big Ten, there's no way they wouldn't make the playoff with a 12-1 record.
However, winning out is unlikely. The Wolverines have to play road games at Ohio State and Penn State and host Wisconsin and Michigan State. The odds of them winning all four of those contests is slim.
Michigan does look much-improved from Week 1 until now, but it looks like another playoff-less year for Jim Harbaugh and company.
[ 247Sports ]