Michigan stays at No. 3 in the fourth week of the College Football Playoff rankings, setting up its top-three matchup with No.2 Ohio State this Saturday in a defacto quarterfinal elimination game.
If the Wolverines win at OSU, then they would most likely take over the No.2 spot in the CFP rankings and most importantly lock up the Big Ten East division with a right to play in the Big Ten Championship game played in Indianapolis on Dec. 3. It would also setup a rematch with likely Big Ten West division winner, No. 6 Wisconsin, with a spot in the CFP top-four on the line.
If U-M were to lose, their chances of making the CFP would likely diminish, and Ohio State would make the playoff. The Buckeyes, however, would be left out of the Big Ten Championship game, due to their 24-21 loss at No. 7 Penn State on Oct 23, with the Nittany Lions earning the East division crown due to head-to-head win tiebreaker atop the East standings.
Defending national champion Alabama remains at No. 1 and is currently the only undefeated power five conference team. Clemson currently claims the fourth spot.
Michigan is only program with wins against three top-10 opponents, a list that includes: Wisconsin (6), Penn State (7) and Colorado (9).