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College football playoff standings: top four screened after Michigan win

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For the first time since 2004, Michigan won the Big Ten Championship.

Michigan defeated Iowa 42-3 to win the Big Ten title game and virtually guaranteed at least second place in the college football playoff standings on Saturday. This will mark the first time that Coach Jim Harbaugh has coached in the playoffs and it is the highest ranking the team has finished the season with since being hired in 2014.

Alabama’s 41-24 victory over Georgia is probably enough to push the Crimson Tide past the Wolverines in first place, while the Bulldogs will likely end up in third place. However, Georgia could drop to fourth if the playoff committee deems Cincinnati’s perfect season worthy of third place, although that seems unlikely.

The committee is also unlikely to retain Michigan’s No.2 against Alabama after Tide just beat previously undefeated Georgia, so Michigan should stay where they entered this week.

If it goes that way when the standings are announced, the clashes would be Alabama v Cincinnati and Michigan v Georgia in playoff. The Bearcats are set to be the first team in the Group of Five to advance to the playoffs and they would draw the sport’s most dominant schedule as the CFP’s first opponent.

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