U-M loses CFP 'Opportunity,' focused on FSU

Michigan players admit lost College Football Playoff "opportunity," look forward to FSU.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Earlier today Michigan found out its College Football Playoff dream was no longer a reality, when the CFP Committee released its final rankings, putting the Wolverines outside the final-four at No. 6.

“We all woke up with hope that something might still happen,” said U-M quarterback Wilton Speight. “Obviously, we knew Clemson or Washington would have to lose for us to have a chance.”

That didn’t happen, of course.

And Speight admits it was out of their control once they lost their final game at Ohio State. 

“It’s done by a computer, it’s done by people with brains and emotions and thoughts. We thought there was still a chance, but we put ourselves in this position to leave up to other people. We’re only four points away from sitting in front of you guys undefeated," said Spright. 

Co-captain Jake Butt had “mixed emotions” about the CFP final standings, but also pointed out the chance to beat a good team in Florida State, who U-M will face in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.

“I would say it’s mixed emotions,” Butt said about the final CFP rankings. “Cause you set out and you have goals at the beginning of the year and one of those was to be in the playoff. But we weren’t, and really we can’t blame that on anybody but ourselves. We left our faith in the hands of other teams. We understand that."

Now Butt's focus is on the Seminoles.

“We’re exited about this game, it’s a big game, a great opportunity for us to compete against a really good team.”

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