ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he's trying to motivate his team to win 10 games now that the Big Ten title is out of reach.
The Wolverines have lost three of four games to fall three games behind Legends Division-leading Michigan State.
Even if Michigan closes the regular season with three wins and the Spartans lose three straight games, college football's winningest program would lose a tiebreaker to its in-state rivals.
The Wolverines desperately wanted to win their first Big Ten title since 2004 this year, but they've been forced to adjust their goal to simply reaching double digits in victories.
Michigan plays at Northwestern on Saturday, at Iowa next week and then hosts potentially undefeated and archrival Ohio State to end the regular season.