Michigan football loses to Michigan State, but win at Indiana

Michigan is 3-2 this season, the Spartans are in the middle of the pack, and the Big Ten East has been a disaster.

But with three games left, the Wolverines might just get a little bit of a chance to pull away from the rest of the East.

That’s according to ESPN’s College Football Playoff Rankings, which peg Michigan (No. 1) at No. 4 and Michigan State (No 1) to No. 5. 

The Wolverines are 4-1 against ranked opponents this season (and 1-1 in league play), including beating No. 8/10 Virginia Tech, No. 6/8 Notre Dame, and No. 3/7 Wisconsin. 

Michigan is ranked No. 1 by ESPN’s Power Rankings for the first time in three seasons, the first in nearly 20 years.

The Wolverines have won five straight games, including a 10-point victory over Michigan State last week, a win that capped a 4-0 stretch in which they went 2-0 in conference play.

Michigan State is ranked at No 1 by the same rankings but has lost five of its last six games, with the last four coming against ranked foes. 

On paper, the East seems a bit tougher to navigate this season.

The Big Ten is the only conference in the country with two teams in the top 10, and each conference has a conference champion. 

However, the ACC is coming off an upset of No. 12 Duke, while the Big 12 is in the midst of its best start since 2008, and neither conference has won in a while.

Michigan could be a little better off in the East, but the rest isn’t great. 

(Note: the ranking is based on total conference games played, not individual wins. 

All stats and odds are via ESPN’s CFB Playoff Rankings.)

Michigan is 3-2 this season, the Spartans are in the middle of the pack, and the Big Ten East has…