I’d say yes! Michigan hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the the last 9 quarters of play! Impressive no matter who you’re playing, while Penn State scored 135 points over their first three games (even though weak teams, none the less). If the last two wins were all people looked at then they would have to admit that Michigan is one of the best teams in the nation! Even though Mike Hart is one of the best (if not the best) RB in the nation, the Wolverines also have 3 excellent receivers: Manningham, Arrington , and Mathews. Doubters can focus all they want on the first two loses but if Michigan is on their schedule then they better be prepared!
The 2007 college football season is a third over in most bastions as schools look to wrap up regular-season campaigns by the Thanksgiving holidays if not before.
Professional Handicappers League member Jimmy Boyd notes certain characteristics have emerged as clubs move toward the defining month of October and bowl talk transforms into more than mere speculation.
Boyd espouses pretty much of a what-you-see-is-what-youre-going-to-get attitude though others look down the road and anticipate a few surprises especially some involving what currently are perceived as upper-echelon Top 25 squads — though there doesnt appear to be much room for alterations at the very top.
USC LSU defending national champion Florida and Oklahoma rule the roost one through four in this weeks USA Today poll although the gambling specific BGS ower Ratings have LSU USC &: Oklahoma tied up in the 1 spot with Florida a distant 4th.
Most college observers believe the top 4 arent likely to change.
An alaphabet soup BCS Championship isnt etched in stone by any means but it might not be too early for sponsors of the New Orleans national championship game to line up Campbells as a major sponsor in anticipation of a meeting between the Trojans and Tigers.
Ive said this before and Ill say it again Boyd declared.
Its a top-heavy year in college football.
The teams at or near the top will remain there all season with very few others making surprise runs.
One encounter garnering media attention this weekend is the Friday night Big East affair between No. 5 West Virginia and No. 18 South Florida.
Canadian PHL member Steve Zukiel regards it as the weeks most appealing matchup.
Im very interested Zukiel said.
Boyd offered similar sentiments.
West Virginia-South Florida is a very big game in the Big East he said.
The South Florida Bulls won at Auburn to show they could be for real.
They ARE the sleeper pick in the Big East.
West Virginia is never quite as good on the road.
This game either will keep South Floridas hopes of a Big East championship alive or it will keep West Virginias hopes of a national title alive.
After the BCS title tilt the Rose Bowl traditionally draws the most interest among holiday bowl offerings.
Observers hardily have maligned the Big Ten largely because of early-season woes in Ann Arbor.
The current USA Today poll however includes five conference teams among its Top 25: Ohio State Wisconsin Purdue Michigan State and Penn State though Michigan State for example has racked up a 4-0 record against teams such as Notre Dame that pack about as much muscle as Spongebob Squarepants!
Five time World Champion Handicapper and Professional Handicappers League Commissioner Brian Gabrielle has four Big Ten teams among the leading 25 and drops Penn State all the way down to 41st.
He has Michigan State 25th and Michigan 52nd in contrast Zukiel still regards UM as a Top 5 team.
They still can win the Big 10 championship still smell the roses Zukiel said.
Gabrielle has Ohio State ranked fifth nationally Wisconsin ninth and Purdue 17th.
This The BGS Power Ratings takes everything into account not just the results of one game i.e. Michigan over Penn St but all games against all opponents Gabrielle said.
I know Michigan fans are frustrated and looking for something to grab on to but it doesnt help Michigan that Penn State is not a Top 25 team in The BGS Power Ratings so the win really loses luster.
East Coast PHL handicapper Bill Fishman still gives the Wolverines a shot at a cherished Big Ten championship.
I feel Michigan is still a very talented team and one that should be reckoned with for the Big Ten title Fishman said.
Michigan was my top play this week as a dog win over Penn State.
Im still not a huge fan of the Big Ten but Ohio State is quick and talented on defense.
Boyd believes uncertainty surrounding the Midwest loop traditionally among the countrys strongest could actually prove to be a boon as each game takes on added significance.
Theres no doubt the Big Ten is down. he said.
Michigan did what it needed to do to stay in the hunt by taking care of business at home against the Lions.
That win gets them believing again without a doubt.
Wisconsin or Ohio State appears to have the inside track.
Right now it looks like its going to be a sloppy ride.
I dont see anyone running the table and home field advantage in big matchups will be crucial.
It’ll be close, but 4 weeks later we’ll be in for sure.
Why are so many people so uninformed about football? Michigan doesn’t schedule to have 4 home games in a row, we play 1 game against ND on the road, and next year home. We’re not going to play ASU or EMU on the road. We played Oregon on the road in 2003, so now we’re at home.
Michigan State should be ranked, but they aren’t better than michigan. They’ll collapse, either before or after we play them. But I think they might make a bowl game this year, congratulations. It’s been a while.
Nice win against Penn State, but UM will simply lose to the next team that runs a spread offense.
And don’t think that UM has a guaranteed win over OSU just because OSU doesn’t have a running quarterback this year. OSU has the D, and on Offense coach Tressel will find a way to confuse and work-up LLLL1AALoyd and Ron English, just like he does every year.
No top 25 for Michigan.
I am a missouri tigers fan and I say that yes, Michigan does deserve to be back into the top 25 because after watching their performance against Penn State, I believe that they could beat missouri, who is a top 25 team. I would rank them at 19 in this weeks poll, and missouri will probably jump from 25 to 23 or 22.
Absolutely not. Their win over Penn State was hardly convincing.
They’re 2 and 2 at home so far. What’s up with them scheduling only 4 road games? Other than the fact that they alternate in the Big Ten with certain teams.
They have a good team, but hardly GR8.
Michigan State is the best team in the state of Michigan this year.
Yes Michigan Did win against a quality opponent yesterday and their defense was able to allow 9 pts against a top 10 team but they still have a few questions to answer because they have only beaten one quality opponent so far in the season ND was the whipping boy since it finally got something going in the first half of the MSU game yesterday until it totally tanked from there. I expect the wolverines 4-2 when they face purdue since they are facing northwestern and eastern michigan who have a combined record of 4-4 and northwestern took a beating from OSU and lost to Duke Seriously who loses to Duke. But we will see when michigan faces off against purdue if they are showing shades of turning their season around or it was just a fluke
I agree that after beating Penn State they deserve to be back in the top 25, but they still have to work their way back up to the top 10 spot. No matter how good you are you have 2 losses, and thats the way the system works. No national championship this year, but you can deff. work your way back to a decent rank by the end of the season.
I wouldnt say Hart is the best RB, he’s about even with Rice, Slaton, and McFadden.
Not yet but if they keep winning in a few weeks I would say yes. When there aren’t so many undefeated teams and some more top 25 teams have 2 losses.
Only if the team they replace in the Top 25 is Hawaii. Their schedule is an absolute joke. It’s possible they may only play 2-3 teams with a winning record.