Michigan football's clearest path to the College Football Playoff involves Colorado, a team the Wolverines beat, winning the Pac-12 championship.
Back on September 17, Michigan beat Colorado 45-28 at the Big House. At the time, Colorado looked like it could be on the way to a breakout bowl season in year four under Mike McIntyre. Instead, the Buffaloes ran out to a 10-2 record, and claimed the Pac-12 South title. Now, the Wolverines are some of the Buffaloes biggest fans.
Colorado currently ranks eighth in the country ahead of conference championship week, three spots behind Michigan. A win in the Pac-12 Championship likely knocks the No. 4 team, Washington, out of contention, and could open the door for Michigan to get back in the top four. A Colorado win would also then make Michigan's win over the Buffaloes look even more impressive.
Michigan players know what's at stake in the Pac-12 title game, and they are all aboard the Buffaloes bandwagon. Star cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive back Taylor Krupp made that clear on Twitter:
Quarterback Alex Malzone echoed those sentiments on Instagram.
Colorado and Washington kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 2. The game will be broadcast on FOX.