CFP chair: Michigan 'probably is a more complete team' than MSU

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The second edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings dropped on Tuesday, and the most eye-raising development revolved around the state of Michigan.

After sitting No. 3 in the first rankings, Michigan State fell to No. 7 following a road loss at No. 19 Purdue. The Spartans sit one spot behind No. 6 Michigan despite the fact the schools have the same record and Michigan State won the head-to-head matchup two weeks ago.

Committee chair Gary Barta met with the media after the release and explained the decision to have the Wolverines above their local rival.

"The Michigan-Michigan Stare discussion really started last week, and I would just kind of summarize that the committee went back and forth, and really consensus was that Michigan probably is a more complete team," Barta said, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. "Statistically offensively, defensively, they're ranked higher than Michigan State in just about every category."

Barta also commented on the head-to-head matchup in East Lansing in which Mel Tucker's outfit stormed back for a dramatic victory.

"The committee gave great credence to the Michigan State win head-to-head against Michigan," Barta said. "That discussion went back and forth last week. This week the same discussion goes on. What's changed? Michigan won and Michigan State lost. So for this week, we slotted Michigan State at 7."

Though the head-to-head matchup didn't seem to be the deciding factor in putting the Spartans over the Wolverines, it certainly played a major role in Oregon sitting at No. 3 ahead of No. 4 Ohio State.

Both teams have the same record, but the Buckeyes hold the advantage in most major statistical categories. However, one area they don't come out ahead on is the Week 2 matchup between the schools that the Ducks won in Columbus.

CFP chair: Michigan 'probably is a more complete team' than MSU
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