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Let's get back to football.
So I did this graph a few years back during a similar discussion. Sagarin Predictor uses margin of victory. 97 NU had an average mov of 30.2, whereas UM has an average mov of 17.3, thus no surprise NU averages higher. However, I would say it's more than that. NU destroyed aTm and Tennessee their last 2 games and was peaking at the right time. Michigan was solid, but unimpressive their last 3 games, but give them credit for taking care of business against Penn State. Michigan fans like to point to the Colorado game as a direct comparison / bragging rights, however, Mich played CU at home the first game of the season, whereas NU played the last game, and of course it was a rivalry game. NU had big wins over very good teams like Kansas State (11-1), aTm (9-4), and Tennessee(11-2). Penn State (9-3) was Mich's only statement game. NU pretty much kicked butt all season except for the Missouri and Colorado games, whereas Mich played solid but not dominant football, and of course hung on against WSU.