EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Big Ten is losing credibility so fast that even when its teams win, they drop in the Associated Press poll.
Michigan beat UMass by 50 points and dropped from No. 17 to No. 18. The Wolverines even beat the 42-point spread so what gives?
Ohio State beat unranked California by a touchdown and slipped from No. 12 to No. 16.
And Michigan State went into a free-fall drop from No. 10 to No. 21 after getting beat into the ground by Notre Dame, 20-3.
The Big Ten needed the Spartans to win in the worst way. They were the only undefeated and ranked conference team that's bowl eligible, plus the only realistic hope for a berth in the national championship game.
The Big Ten team with the best chance to carry the conferences flag now is Michigan. Yeah, I know what youre thinking: Dont get carried away by the Wolverines destroying a lousy team.
Thats not the impetus for my logic. Michigan is suddenly viable again for two reasons:
First, it plays the...