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Bowl Projection Roundup: The Rose Bowl is the consensus pick for the Wolverines

The Rose Bowl is the prohibitive favorite, so let’s dive into who Michigan could face.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Game has come and gone in enjoyable fashion. Michigan is all but assured a spot in the College Football Playoff (CFP) for the third year in a row. As a 3+ touchdown favorite over Iowa, the Wolverines shouldn’t struggle too much. Even if they do, there’s a case for the Wolverines still making the playoff.

Around the country, there’s still much up for debate. Here we’ll take a look at who some prognosticators have making the playoffs and facing Michigan. As a reminder, the two College Football Playoff (CFP) semi-finals are the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. The top seeded team in the CFP rankings at the end of the season gets to choose which location they’d like to play in.

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Rose Bowl vs. Florida State

Palm didn’t change much in his bowl projections this week but frankly, he didn’t have to. Palm projects Georgia, Michigan, and Florida State to take care of business in their respective conference championship games. He also has the Oregon Ducks knocking off the Washington Huskies to claim the No. 4 seed. His projections pit No. 1 Georgia against No. 4 Oregon in the Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Notably, this leaves out Big Twelve champion Texas at No. 5 and poor Ohio State at No. 6. Palm then has Texas vs. Tulane in the Fiesta Bowl, Louisville vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, Missouri vs. Penn State in the Peach Bowl, and Washington vs. Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

The Sporting News (Bill Bender): Rose Bowl vs. Washington

Jim Harbaugh has yet to coach the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl, and there is a good chance that is going to happen against the Pac-12 champion – whether it’s Washington or Oregon. The contrast in styles here would be fantastic, and they have history. These teams have split four previous Rose Bowl matchups.

Bender also has No. 1 Georgia taking on No. 4 Florida State. This indicates that he believes the CFP committee will get off easy with all four undefeated teams remaining undefeated after conference championship weekend.

Action Network (Brett McMurphy): Rose Bowl vs. Oregon

McMurphy’s projections also remained shockingly consistent from last week. He projects Georgia, Michigan, and Florida State to all finish 13-0 with Oregon taking down Washington in the rematch. Interestingly, he has Oregon leapfrogging over Florida State despite the Seminoles still being undefeated. This means it’d be No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Florida State and No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Oregon.

Brett McMurphy also has Washington vs. Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl, Penn State vs. Tulane in the Peach Bowl, Ohio State vs. Louisville in the Orange Bowl, and Texas vs. Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan): Rose Bowl vs. Florida State

Lassan from Athlon Sports has exact same bowl projections as Jerry Palm from CBS Sports for not just the two playoff games, but for every single New Years Six game. This means that he believes Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Oregon, and Texas will come out victorious on conference championship weekend. Interestingly, neither Palm nor Lassan has Oregon jumping over Florida State into the No. 3 spot because of Jordan Travis’s injury.

Fox Sports (Bryan Fischer): Rose Bowl vs. Oregon

Fischer has Georgia and Michigan remaining undefeated but with a dash of chaos after that. He has No. 2 Michigan squaring off with No. 3 Oregon and No. 1 Georgia facing off with No. 4 Texas. This means that Fischer is projecting Oregon to beat Washington in the Pac-12 rematch as well as Florida State slipping up against Louisville.

In the other four major bowls, Fischer has Washington vs. Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl, Louisville vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, Tulane vs. Florida State in the Peach Bowl, and Missouri vs. Penn State in the Cotton Bowl.


It seems pretty clear Michigan is likely heading to the Rose Bowl. At this point, it seems like if Washington beats Oregon, the Huskies would be Michigan’s opponent. Should Oregon knock off Washington in the Pac-12 Championship and Florida State remain undefeated, there would be a heated debate as to who gets the No. 3 spot between the Seminoles and Ducks.

Notably, not a single on of these projections has Alabama defeating Georgia and wreaking utter havoc on the committee.