Bowl projections scattered for Michigan football team
It took three years for the Michigan football team to reach bowl eligibility under Rich Rodriguez. It will take a little while longer for the Wolverines to figure out their destination.
Depending on the way a wide-open Big Ten race shakes out over the season’s final three weeks, the conference will send either one or two schools into the five BCS games.
That will affect the pecking order for the seven other bowls with Big Ten partnerships. Seven conference teams have already qualified, and Illinois sits one win away from eligibility.
Right now, predictions are scattered. A sampling:
CBSsports.com projects the Wolverines (6-3 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) will face Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28. ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg has Michigan facing an unknown Big 12 opponent in the Dallas Football Classic.
Big Ten rules dictate the Capital One, Outback and Gator bowls can select any team they please - except if that team has two fewer wins or two more losses than another eligible team.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is confident the Wolverines will be a popular option.
“Michigan always travels well,” he said. “We’re always an attractive choice for a bowl because of who we are, the way we travel and the reputation and tradition of the program.”
Pete Bigelow covers Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at (734) 623-2556, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.