Bet On It: No Bowl For Michigan This Year


One of the most prestigious names in all of college football has fallen on hard times lately and I’m not talking about Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish had their own forgettable season last year, but with a 4-2 record are well on their way to football

The University of Michigan is the school finding itself in an unusual position half way through the season as the Wolverines have notched just two wins under their belts. Perhaps most telling about Michigan was its performance this past Saturday when they hosted the Toledo Rockets of the Mid American Conference (MAC). Prior to Saturday’s game, Michigan was 24-0 against MAC teams, but they’re now 24-1 thanks to a missed Wolverine field goal from the 26 yard line as time expired.

Shades of Appalachian State!

Like last year when Appalachian State pulled an upset, a “no name” team went to the Big House and knocked off the Wolverines. Like last year, a missed field goal on the final play preserved the win for Toledo, a team that isn’t even that good in its own conference play. Deja vue!

With six games left, the Wolverines will likely find that they aren’t bowl bound this year — the first time in 33 years that Michigan has failed to win the minimum number of games (6) to be bowl eligible. Next up is #3 Penn State who is having one of their best seasons in years, followed by #20 Michigan State. At season’s end the Wolverines will be at #12 Ohio State, so you got to believe that the Wolverines will be the underdog in all three contests. Perhaps worse is that of the three other remaining games on their schedule, only Purdue looks to be beatable, suggesting that the Wolverines could finish as bad as 3-9!

Look for Wolverine coach Rick Rodriguez to make an early exit from U of M after this season.

This Weekend In College Football

Once again, there are a lot of good games this weekend starting with #9 BYU playing at TCU on Thursday night. BYU needs to be careful in this one as the 6-1 Horned Frogs could pull an upset. But, I’m going with the Cougars in by the score of 30-21.

Other predictions:

  • Georgia over Vanderbilt
  • Utah over Colorado State
  • Alabama over Mississippi
  • Oklahoma over Kansas
  • Michigan State over Ohio State
  • Navy over Pittsburgh
  • Missouri over Texas
  • Arizona over California

I picked Missouri to upset the Longhorns on the road, not likely to happen, but something I thought I’d throw out there to mix things up. Navy beating Pitt is a stretch, but they did it last year on the Panthers own field.

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