After being absent from the College Football Playoff Rankings for the first two weeks, the Michigan Wolverines jumped in at No. 24 on Tuesday evening. Michigan is also ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll. Though the competition has been questionable over recent weeks, the Wolverines have gained some momentum with three convincing wins over Rutgers, Minnesota, and Maryland.
Third #CFBPlayoff Rankings: 2️⃣1️⃣ Memphis2️⃣2️⃣ Stanford2️⃣3️⃣ Northwestern2️⃣4️⃣ Michigan2️⃣5️⃣ Boise State— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 15, 2017
More so than the schedule, Michigan has been aided by the accumulation of losses by other Power Five schools.