ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If Ohio State can defeat Michigan State in just a few short weeks, the possibility of Michigan competing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship game could become a reality.
Of course, there's one thing that must come first from Michigan's point-of-view and that is winning. It doesn't mean that U-M can't look around the conference to get a clearer view.
"I caught a little bit of the end of (the Nebraska, Michigan State game)," defensive lineman Taco Charlton said. "It was a great game, great finish. I know a lot of people were debating about the officiating. From a players point, I didn't even notice until it was brought up to me."
Charlton also made it clear that, at this point, regardless of how much another team could help the Wolverines' chances at playing for a conference title, he isn't watching to root on the team. He's simply watching because he loves the game.
It also doesn't mean other people can't bring up the scenarios for him, however.
"People will bring it up to us if they lose twice it counts on us for what happens in the future," Charlton said. "It was in the back of my head, but at the same time, I'm not going to root for a certain team, or this certain team, I just love watching football and watching the game being played."
Right now with three weeks remaining in the season, this U-M team's sole purpose is to win football games. If it could win three more times and get some help along the way, then a long-awaited chance for a conference championship could be at their fingertips.
However, in order to get to that point, the team just needs to win.
"The thing that has been in the back of our head is we have to win first to control our own destiny," Charlton said. "If we don't win then it doesn't matter what another team does. So it's up to us to keep on winning week in and week out. At the end of the day, hopefully it leads to us being in the Big Ten Championship."