What Team(s) do you want Michigan to play in a bowl? What teams do you want to avoid?

Submitted by Minus The Houma on November 29th, 2016 at 9:18 PM

In the purely hypothetical realm where Michigan does not make the playoffs what team or teams would you like to see them match up against in a bowl? Why do you want to play them?

On the flip side, what teams do you, at this time, do you just not really want a piece of?

Ignore bowl tie ins and what not, use your judgement on the likely teams in the playoff.

For the exercise I am going to use the current CFP rankings as who will play in the playoff.

I feel like I'm not shooting high enough when thinking of teams to beat. I was liking the idea of creaming Florida again, but at this time they don't even seem like a worthy opponent. All the talking heads are giving USC the hot hand at the moment. I think they have to be my pick for who I would like to see Michigan play. This defense loves to feast on freshman QBs. Why not go after the current golden boy?

As for a team I don't want to play my mind keeps going to Wisconsin. Super unlikely matchup anyway, but for some reason I just don't like it. I know they have a questionable quarterback situation right now but I just don't want it. It's hard for me, outside of the top 4 the rest of the top 25 don't really put any fear into my heart. I guess we have come a long way.

What do you guys and girls have?



November 29th, 2016 at 9:57 PM ^

I think they're a little overrated this year and aren't nearly as unbeatable as they've been in recent years. Chattanooga hung around with them for a healthy part of the game a few weeks back. We could beat them in a low scoring affair I think


November 29th, 2016 at 9:30 PM ^

Totally agree.  I know conventional wisdom says you can't have two teams from the same conference in the playoffs, but last weekend's game was one of the most watched college football games in history.  After all of the controversy, imagine the ratings for an OSU vs. Michigan rematch.  Glorious!


November 30th, 2016 at 12:47 AM ^

Two teams from the same conference made it to the top 2 in the BCS.  The mandate is that the committee picks the best four teams, regardless of conference.  It's inevitable that two teams from the same conference will and should be amongst the top four in the country sooner than later.  This is the year.


November 29th, 2016 at 10:53 PM ^

Amen to this right here! I have lived in the proximity of osu fans for far too long. I care very little about the actual championship game at this point. Those Who Stay... In a more immediate sense it would be glorious to set things right on a neutral site with non-B1G refs.

Michology 101

November 30th, 2016 at 12:05 AM ^

USC is hot right now. Some people also don't seem aware of how well USC plays in the Rose Bowl when they get there. The Rose Bowl stadium is like a second home to the Trojans out in California.

I guess some people just like the big name match up idea.


November 29th, 2016 at 9:26 PM ^

Outside the CFP obviously, FSU or USC which actually both look highly probable.

I'd actually be very upset if we some how got stuck with Florida again. Played them last year and open next season against them. The only slim way that happens though is if they pull off a miracle against Bama this weekend.


November 29th, 2016 at 9:30 PM ^

Obv a top 4. But more realistically -- it will be in the Orange Bowl. That means its almost certainly going to be FSU.

I would prefer Louisville. I want to see us curbstomp Petrino.

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November 30th, 2016 at 9:33 AM ^

Of course I want the Playoffs, but assuming it is the Orange Bowl...

I would much prefer FSU to L'ville.  I get the point on the schadenfreude of smashing Petrino, but that game has such little upside for us.

If Jackson runs wild and posterizes our LBs, that would be a miserable way to lose.  (Let's not pretend that that couldn't happen -- he did that to FSU, and he basically did that to Clemson on the road, had his WR not misunderstood the downs marker at the end of the game.)

If we smoke them, there is a collective "who cares?" reaction from the rest of the country.  They did just lose to Kentucky, after all.

FSU, or even Oklahoma, would be perceived as a premium match up, and a fittingly noteworthy one at the end of a Top 5-caliber season.

Moonlight Graham

November 29th, 2016 at 9:32 PM ^

OL against Alabama's DL, or just sending off our seniors with a nice Orange or Rose Bowl win. I guess making the CFP is more "prestigious," and I believe our D could at least keep us in the game, even moreso than LSU or Auburn. 

Came late to the party in the previous two threads so I'll post this tought here...

Why would the CFP committee even give a fuck about conference championship games? Those aren't even any of their concern. The BCS and CFP Committee are independent of the NCAA and simply have "agreements" with the conferences. The Rose likes to take the B1G champ if it's available. The Sugar takes the top SEC and Big 12 teams. Etc., etc.

But the CFP committee's job is to match up the TOP FOUR TEAMS. If there were four 18-team conferences that might be different, you could view those CCG's as quarterfinals. But the committee is only concerned with picking a final four, just like the NCAA basketball committee and their seeding. If after those games they still feel like a couple of the winners weren't final-four material, they are under NO obligation to take them out of some agreement with the conferences. If Oklahoma hadn't lost to Houston and played OSU closer they'd be in over Washington regardless of whether they beat CU or not. 

Washington just better win. We're comin' after your spot.