"This is the best Michigan team that I have ever seen."
It's been there.
But no more.
Not since No. 4 of Michigan Wolverines was raped by their enemies, No. 10 by Ohio State Buckeyes, on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio,
With the 62-39 loss, the "best ever Michigan team" is no longer the hunting college football most desirable prize, the claim being the nation's top team.
It is over. Ashes.
"My spirits … made men play," Urban Meyer told FOX about the post-game. "It's hard to describe (how this victory feels) but grows in Ohio, you have so much respect for this competition."
On Saturday, four teams were shown to look for cementing places at College Football Playoff hoping to make the Day of Selection on December 2 as a formality.
First Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) rushed to the top of Auburn Tigers (7-5) 52-31, while No. 2 Clemson Tigers (11-0) ran South Carolina Gamecocks (6-4) 56-35 and No. 3 Notre Dame the Irish fighters (12-0) referred to the USC Trojans (5-7) on the late Saturday night of 24 to 17.
The fourth team was expected to secure a common CFP injection in Michigan, but recent history – including Oregon State coach Jim Harbaughin – and the home field advantage for Hevos was hit.
Defense, which ranked best in the nation, got some 62 points – the second most in the history of the school.
Losing Wolverines means they have dropped all four games to Buckeyes that Harbaugh has been the head coach and the last 14 of the 15 games with the mighty Big Ten.
And on the other side of the ball, Buckeyes are once again heavy Zumba to bring one spot to catch the footsteps of four out of four.
But they have to drop No. 19 in the Northwestern Wildcats (8-4) Big Ten Football Championship next Saturday in Indianapolis to stay the last four conversations – and that's not an easy task.
Friday's Wild 59-56 Won No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) Over 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3) sets OK in this discussion.
And do not forget the number 5 of Georgia Bulldogs (11-1), who poured state rival Georgia Tech yellow coats (7-5) from 45 to 21 early on Saturday. If they somehow upset Alabama's SEC championship in Atlanta next week, how can you put them in the last four races? And one loss "Bama would also be there in front of Ohio State and Oklahoma.
OK gets a 14-year-old Texas (9-3) Big 12 Championship next Saturday in Arlington, Texas, when Texas has arrested Kansas (3-9) at 24-17 Les Miles's first sixth game. Next week on the tenth largest tenth anniversary slope Northwestern dump took place in Illinois (4-8) 24 to 16 … Ten times in the Washington State (10-2) by jumping with the dark fish, the snowman was No. 16 Washington (9-3) on Friday 28-15 Friday Cup. The victory means that UDub – not Wazzu – plays in the Pac-12 Conference Championship ten thousand Utah next Friday evening in Santa Clara, California … What a wild end result # 7 LSU (9-3) overtime loss # 22 Texas A & M 8-4). The end was 74-72-yup, you read it right – after his A & M out tournament in LSU 43-41 at seven overtime. Crazy!
No. 9 UCF (11-0) wraps up for the second consecutive undefeated season and won the NCAA Best 24th straight race, with 38 to 10 decisions Friday host in South Florida (7-5). But it could be curtains when the dynamic QB McKenzie Milton disappears, which seems to be a serious injury to the knee mid-way. When QB Darriel Mack, Jr. took over, UCF leaned heavily on his running game to increase 391 rushes. And when Milton gets a knee surgery on Saturday, Mack is likely to call on weapons at Memphis (8-4) next week for the US Athletic Conference championship … Memphis visited Friday at Houston (8-4) 52-31 battle that decided which team would play UCF- in the AAC finals in Orlando. … No. 12 Penn State (9-3) saw QB Trace McSorley set a school record for most of the all-time completeness (694 and counting) in 38-3 easily from the previous Big Ten contestant Maryland (5-7) holding Maryland's bowl bid. McSorley tossed only 230 yards from the 12-for-222, but the NFL-ready team builder had a 11-fold 64-yard start date kicked off at the Senior Valley event.
The 36-year-old bowl has officially ended in Florida State (5-7) when its archbishop, No. 11 Florida (9-3) early, early on Saturday. By 41-14, Florida will stop FSU by sliding five games … Connecticut (1-11) has two records for itself – but not good because it enabled all time FBS most of the points (605) and most docks (7,409 of about 550 per game) after the campaign wrapping the year 57-7 at a loss to visit Temple (8-4). UConn will only be on the other side since 1918 to make 50 points per game … Alabama brought two helicopters early on Saturday to help dry the rain-absorbed peat at Bryant-Denny Stadium as they leap near the grass surface.