Michigan Wolverines football team ready to play spoiler
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR — Michigan has won three straight, scoring 35 points each game, since its midseason slump.
The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) won easily over Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland to climb back to No. 19 in The Associated Press poll . They had same ranking after getting routed 42-13 on the road to No. 2 Penn State, a second loss in a three-game stretch that hurt their chances of winning a Big Ten title for the first time since 2004.
“We can still be a 10-win team and kind of ruin people’s seasons,” Michigan center Patrick Kugler said Monday. “That’s kind of what my goal is right now.”
The Wolverines have an opportunity to spoil hopes and plans for two teams.
They play at No. 5 Wisconsin (10-0, 7-0) on Saturday, facing a team with a clear path to the Big Ten championship game and a shot at being in the College Football Playoff. They close the regular season the following week at home against No. 8 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1), a rival still holding national championship hopes.
Even if Michigan can close the regular season with two upsets, though, it needs the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions and No. 22 Michigan State each to lose a game to avoid tiebreaker scenarios that wouldn’t favor the maize and blue after losing to both schools.
“Our goal is still to go to the Big Ten championship and that’s still a possibility,” receiver Grant Perry said.