Four top 10 teams lost in Week 11, including Georgia and Notre Dame, which were both ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings at the time. Let’s take a look around the country and see which games in Week 12 could impact the Playoff picture.
*Can Michigan redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters and the Wolverines hand the Badgers their first loss? (No. 24 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin, 12 p.m. ET, FOX)
Wisconsin is one of just four undefeated teams left in the country, and as a result, the fifth-ranked Badgers are knocking on the door of a top-four spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. They shut down then-No. 20 Iowa in Week 11, just a week after the Hawkeyes throttled Ohio State, and Wisconsin will now have the opportuntiy to pick up its second win over a ranked opponent in as many weeks. Michigan will travel to Madison, Wisc., in Week 12 looking to extend its three-game winning streak.
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The Wolverines are on their third quarterback of the season as redshirt freshman Brandon Peters has started the last two games – a 33-10 win over Minnesota and a 35-10 win against Maryland. Peters has a higher completion percentage than John O’Korn and Wilton Speight in his albeit limited game action, but he has already thrown for as many touchdowns (four) as the other two combined, while not throwing any interceptions compared to the seven tossed by O’Korn and Speight. Michigan’s potent three-headed rushing attack of Karan Higdon, Chris Evans and Ty Isaac has combined for 1,971 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns this season, meaning Peters won’t be expected to carry Michigan’s offense single-handedly.
Wisconsin held Iowa to just 66 yards of total offense in Week 11, so is Michigan’s offense dynamic enough with an…