Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
With conference championship Saturday out of the way a few things became clearer, and one of them is Michigan's bowl picture.
Things went pretty much how everyone envisioned yesterday. That is if you figured that Georgia would be ten yards and a few second short of an upset win over Bama, Nebraska would allow 63 points in three quarters to Wisconsin, and Georgia Tech would mount a strong upset bid before falling short against FSU.
So yeah, if you guessed all that I don't know what to tell you other than you should have put some money on it.
The top two are now officially set with Alabama and Notre Dame squaring off in the "Advertiser's wet dream" BCS Championship game.
The rest of the BCS order is pretty much set as well. Stanford and Wisconsin will play in the Rose Bowl, Kansas State and Florida State will be in the Fiesta and Orange Bowls, respectively. Louisville walked away with the Big East's BCS bid -- for once not the most laughable BCS placement thanks to Nebraska's incompetence. Also, it looks like this will keep Northern Illinois and Boise State out of the BCS as both teams have a ways to climb.
For Michigan's purposes, things didn't work out well. Had Nebraska won, Michigan would have been a pretty solid pick to go to the Capital One Bowl. Instead, Nebraska falls to that slot and Michigan probably slips to the Gator Bowl (maybe the Outback). The match up will be better (currently SBN projects it will be Vanderbilt), but a Capital One Bowl appearance would have been a nice consolation prize (playing Johnny Football and TAMU would not have been so nice).
SBN's full bowl predictions are here.