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Joel Klatt Names Potential Reason Michigan Is No. 5 In CFP Rankings

Joel Klatt

Fans of the Michigan Wolverines were quick to criticize the College Football Playoff committee today after their initial rankings placed Michigan outside of the top four.

One notable college football voice, though, believes that the Wolverines' weak non-conference schedule is the reason Michigan is ranked behind Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson. 

"I thought @UMichFootball would land at 4...However, to get them there the committee would need to be able to watch film and know what they're looking at...The Michigan non-con schedule was a joke," Klatt tweeted Tuesday evening. 

To start the 2022 season, Michigan's first three games all came out of conference, as the Wolverines played Colorado State, Hawai'i, and the University of Connecticut. 

In those three matchups, Michigan outscored their non-conference opponents by a combined score of 166-17, including a 59-0 win against UConn in the Wolverines' third game of the season. 

Unfortunately for Michigan, however, those three non-conference opponents have all struggled so far in 2022. The combined record of Colorado State, Hawai'i, and UConn this season is 8-18. 

Michigan will look to make a statement to the committee in the coming weeks, but this weekend, they'll take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the road.