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Bowl Projections Roundup: Week Eight

With its loss to Michigan State, Michigan has fallen out of a New Year's Six bowl.

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Holding the football with a 23-21 lead, Michigan was ten seconds away from beating then-No. 7 Michigan State. With a win, the Wolverines would have remained in line for a berth in the Rose Bowl and propelled themselves into the small group of candidates contending for a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff. But you know what happened in those final 10 seconds.

With the stunning loss to the Spartans, Michigan has fallen out of a New Year's Six bowl for the moment, and Michigan State has taken claim to that spot for now. Both SB Nation and CBS Sports have moved the Spartans into the Rose Bowl to face Stanford, and both outlets project that we will see a rematch of the 2008 Capital One Bowl on January 1st:

SB NationCitrus Bowl vs. Florida
CBS SportsCitrus Bowl vs. Florida
ESPNCitrus Bowl vs. Texas A&M

Of course, this doesn't mean Michigan has been eliminated from a New Year's Six bowl. The Wolverines still should be favored to win their next four games (at Minnesota, Rutgers, at Indiana, at Penn State) before being a slight underdog to Ohio State in the season finale. If U-M can rebound from this setback, the Rose Bowl still is on the table.

We'll update this when more bowl projections are released.