Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/28/11
ANN ARBOR, Mich. If the college football season ended today, Michigan wouldnt be eligible for a BCS at-large bid and a possible, if not likely, invite to the Sugar Bowl. The Wolverines must finish in the top-14 in the final BCS standings to qualify for one of the four at-large berths available. Even though Michigan defeated Ohio State Saturday to finish the regular season at 10-2, the Wolverines dropped from 15th to 16th in this weeks BCS rankings, flip-flopping spots with Wisconsin. Nevertheless, theres still a good possibility Michigan will move up the necessary two slots when the final standings are announced next Sunday. I like their chances of getting in the top-14, said Jerry Palm, a BCS analyst for the website CollegeBCS.com. Palm believes that Michigan definitely will leap past Georgia, currently No. 14 in the BCS rankings, if the Bulldogs lose to No. 1 LSU in the SEC championship game. Georgia is a 13-point underdog. Palm also thinks Michigan is likely to finish above the loser of the Big Ten championship game between No. 13 Michigan State and No. 15 Wisconsin. I expect the loser to get the traditional drop in the polls, Palm said. Thats how it usually works. Another possibility is that the Wolverines could jump over No. 10 Oklahoma if the Sooners lose at No. 3 Oklahoma State. For Georgia, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, another loss would be their third of the season. Voters, typically, drop three-loss teams from major conferences behind two-loss teams from major conferences. It will certainly help Michigans chances if Georgia, Michigan StateWisconsin and Oklahoma lose their games by lopsided scores. Michigan coach Brady Hoke said hes not obsessing about the BCS ramifications because he has no control over it at this point. Were not going to make that decision, Hoke said. Weve done all that we can do. Is it deserving? Probably. A 10-win team out of the Big Ten Conference, I think that speaks for itself. Defensive lineman Mike Martin said: Wherever we end up, well be happy about it. If the Wolverines dont make the BCS cut, they would end up in one of the Big Tens bowls, possibly the Capital One Bowl in Orlando or Outback Bowl in Tampa. Extra points Quarterback Denard Robinson was named the Big Tens co-offensive player of the week, sharing it with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. Robinson accounted for five touchdowns three passing and two rushing in Michigans 40-34 victory over Ohio State. It is the second straight week Robinson has been selected as the conferences offensive player. He has won it four times this season and seven times in his career. Hoke said Robinsons decision-making has really improved of late. I think hes grown and matured as a Michigan quarterback throughout the course of the year, Hoke said. I think the decisiveness that he has run the football with has really been good the last couple weeks. Thats helped his confidence. He ran extremely hard with the ball on Saturday. His accuracy and completion rate was pretty daggone good. He just keeps growing. Hoke said he didnt have a problem with how his players celebrated on the field after ending Michigans seven-year losing streak to Ohio State. Ohio State running back Zach Boren said in message on Twitter that he lost so much respect for Michigan after several of the Wolverines fell on their backs as if a grenade exploded when Robinson tossed the ball in the air at the end. I didnt have any problem because it wasnt disrespectful to anybody, Hoke said. Its something they do every Friday (at the end of practice). Its something those kids have done for 12 weeks. Hoke, on Ohio State hiring Urban Meyer as coach: Hes not going to play a down and neither am I. Ive known Urban. Hes a good football coach. Hes a good guy. I welcome him in, but this is still Michigan and Ohio. Its still going to be that rivalry. Neither one of us are going to play a game.
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