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Michigan Week 8 bowl projections start to diversify

There’s less of a consensus on where Michigan will end up for the postseason.

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Not too much has changed in regards to the Michigan Wolverines’ standing in the bowl hierarchy after their win over Northwestern. However, Penn State’s loss to Illinois dropped them out of the New Year’s Six bowl projections, allowing some flexibility on where Michigan could land.

Michigan is now being projected in four different major bowls, along with a playoff appearance by one writer. Let’s dive in.

Kyle Bonagura: CFP Semifinal: Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) vs. Georgia, Dec. 31

Mark Schlabach: Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) vs. Oregon, Jan. 1

College Football News

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) vs. Oregon, Jan. 1

Action Network

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) vs. Oregon, Jan. 1

Bonagura of ESPN has kept Michigan in his CFP semifinal facing Georgia for the second week in a row. Schlabach, as well as Brett McMurphy of Action Network and College Football News put the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl, the most popular destination.

Bleacher Report

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ) vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 1

Another common favorite for Michigan is the Fiesta Bowl, where its almost always projected to play Notre Dame. But this is the only site we track that has the Wolverines going to Glendale this week.

CBS Sports

Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA) vs. Kentucky, Dec. 30

Last week was Michigan’s first projection to the Peach Bowl, against Wake Forest. Now its getting mentioned in the bowl again, this time against Kentucky in what could be an interesting matchup given the overlap in recruiting targets this cycle.


Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) vs. Texas A&M, Jan. 1

Finally, 247Sports is the most down on the Wolverines, projecting them to lose to Michigan State and thus putting them out of the New Year’s Six. They’d get the top Big Ten affiliation after that, the familiar Citrus Bowl, against Texas A&M.