Kiper and McShay: Is Michigan now the Big Ten favorite?

Greeny likes Michigan over Michigan State (1:54)

Mike & Mike, along with ESPN's Danny Kanell, break down Michigan's season so far and how coach Jim Harbaugh has turned around the program. (1:54)

Each week during the college football season, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay kick off the week by settling a debate, looking at emerging NFL prospects and peeking ahead to next week. Among this week's topics: whether Michigan should now be considered the Big Ten favorite, the emergence of Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, and whether Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch can do damage to a good Ole Miss defense.

The big question: Is Michigan now the Big Ten favorite?

Mel Kiper: Not yet, but they are trending in that direction. Here's why they're close, and one thing that could hurt: