Two days after his team beat Ohio State for the first time since 2003 and a day after the latest BCS Standings decreed Michigan two spots from BCS eligibility, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said he felt his team is deserving of a spot.
Even though he also knows there is nothing else Michigan can do to help itself.
"We’re not going to make that decision. The one thing I can tell you about this team, this is a team in this conference, the Big Ten, that’s won 10 games. It’s a team by that body of work is recognizable," Hoke said. "I like how we’ve played at the end of a season and how our guys have gotten ready to play and how they’ve represented Michigan. Those questions will be answered but we won’t have anything to do with it.
"We’ve done all that we can do. Is it deserving? Probably. A 10-win team out of the Big Ten conference, I think that speaks for itself."
Michigan won three straight games -- at Illinois and at home against Nebraska and Ohio State -- to end the season. The Wolverines also compiled a 10-2 record, beat Notre Dame in the non-conference and provide an attractive portfolio of alumni, a large fan base and potential strong television ratings.
But Michigan needs help to reach the BCS -- namely top-ranked LSU beating Georgia in the SEC championship game along with other possibilities -- since it is currently No. 16 and need to reach the top 14 for eligibility.
So who will Hoke root for this weekend?
"I don't have that kind of time," Hoke said. "I really don’t. And I don’t really worry about things that we can’t control. We’re going to have a meeting today with our team at 4:30 and we’re going to have recruits in all weekend so I’ve kind of been busy.
"There’s other people who can look at all that stuff and figure it out. Then they’ll tell me."