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Michigan left out of CFP, drops to No. 6

Michigan left out of the College Football Playoff, drops to No. 6 in final rankings.

Michigan needed some help to get into the College Football Playoff on championship weekend.

Well, the Wolverines received none, with Clemson and Washington both winning its respective conference championship games. And a team Michigan defeated 49-10 in September, Penn State, won the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin 38-31 on Saturday.

So with no teams losing ahead of U-M this weekend, and with its regular season complete, their chances of making the CFP seemed slim to none. 

And the CFP Committee agreed, with their top four, to no surprise, included defending national champion Alabama at No. 1 and will face No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl on Dec 31.

The more controversial selection was No. 3 Ohio State, who didn’t win it conference championship, and will face ACC champion No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec 31.

Where does that leave the Wolverines? Well, in a place where no team wants to be, on the outside looking in, as Michigan fell to No. 6, one spot behind Big Ten champion Penn State, who were ranked at-five despite winning the Big Ten. 

Michigan will most likely match up with Florida State in the New Year’s Six Orange Bowl, which is played on Dec 30 in Miami, Fla. U-M is expected to find out its bowl destination at 2:30 p.m. today. 

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