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BCS rankings 2012: Michigan re-enters BCS standings at No. 21

Michigan moved up to No. 21 in this week's BCS standings, but the Wolverines likely won't climb much higher than that this season.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Michigan Wolverines resurfaced in the latest BCS rankings, coming in at No. 21. The Wolverines last appeared in the BCS top 25 in Week 9.

Michigan knocked Northwestern out of the No. 24 spot by defeating the Wildcats on Saturday, 38-31. It was Michigan's first victory over a ranked foe this season. The Wolverines are 0-3 against current top 25 teams, suffering losses to the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Wolverines have a chance to defeat another high-profile team this season, albeit one who is ineligible to be ranked in the Coaches' Poll or BCS standings, in the Ohio State Buckeyes. Still, a win over the Buckeyes probably won't help Michigan much in the big picture, writes Maize N Brew:

A win against Ohio State in Columbus could provide a substantial bump, but probably not enough to get Michigan to an at-large level in the BCS discussion.

Before its showdown against Ohio State, Michigan will have to get past the Iowa Hawkeyes, who will be playing for bowl eligibility in their last two games.