Texas A&M Football, Upset Team No. 3: No. 6 Michigan (6-0)
My skepticism of Michigan doesn’t necessarily have the same backbone as that of the Wake Forest Deacon Demons and the Oregon Ducks. Still, this is a Wolverines squad that hasn’t really proven itself.
When people are discussing overrated teams in the Big Ten, the head seems to turn directly to Michigan State, who is currently 7-0. We’ll find out who is really overrated on October 30th, when these two rivals go head-to-head. That said, I think the Wolverines are the real frauds.
Outside of the fact that I irrationally hate Michigan, here’s my reasoning.
Michigan has six wins on the year. Four of these wins have been dominating victories, as UM knocked off Western Michigan, Washington, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin by wide margins. In hindsight, Wisconsin was a strong win and the Western Michigan win is aging well too.
That said, the Wolverines also played a couple of subpar teams close in Rutgers and Nebraska, neither of whom have a winning record. Jim Harbaugh’s squad won by a combined ten points between these two teams.
While Michigan hasn’t lost yet, they haven’t played a single team as strong as either of Texas A&M’s losses. You have to grasp at straws when you compare a two-loss team with an undefeated team and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I think Texas A&M’s win over Alabama proves that they, at the very least, have a higher ceiling than Michigan. I don’t know that I’d consider the Aggies a favorite in this game, but they’d undoubtedly have Michigan on upset alert.
We won’t find out if the Aggies can topple any of these teams unless they draw them during bowl season.