Thanks to Michigan's last-second, goal-line stand, the Wolverines escaped Minneapolis with a 29-26 win over the Gophers. Not only did Michigan escape with a sixth win and bowl eligibility, ensuring that these roundups each week have not been a pointless exercise, Michigan also avoided falling down the Big Ten bowl pecking order. Last week, Michigan was slotted in the Citrus Bowl or the Outback Bowl with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Iowa securing more prestigious bowls. Whether Michigan has been in the Citrus Bowl or the Outback Bowl has depended on whether bowl projectors placed Iowa in a New Year's Six bowl or not. As the Hawkeyes continue to win and remain undefeated, the more likely it is that they will head to a New Year's Six bowl even if they lose in the Big Ten Championship Game in one month.
Accordingly, that keeps Michigan in line for the Citrus Bowl:
Also, Michigan's last-second win keeps the Wolverines in contention for a New Year's Six bowl. Though no win is a given as last night proved, Michigan should be the favorite in its next three games. Win those, and Michigan will be 9-2 before Ohio State. There's no question that a New Year's Six bowl -- and maybe much more -- would be on the line.
This post will be updated as new bowl projections are released.