Wolverines Accept Orange Bowl Bid
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan accepted a bid Tuesday to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Day.
The ninth-ranked Wolverines (9-2) will appear in the game as an at-large member of the Bowl Championship Series and will most likely face the winner of the Southeastern Conference title game between Florida and Alabama.
The final match-up for the Orange Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl will be determined Sunday.
``This is a great opportunity to play in one of the four BCS bowl games and to meet one of the top contenders in the country,″ Michigan athletic director Tom Goss said. ``Our team, coaches and fans are looking forward to spending time in sunny, warm south Florida over the holidays and playing an outstanding opponent on Jan. 1.″
The BCS standings, which determines the teams for the national title game, are based on a formula that considers The Associated Press media poll and the USA Today-ESPN coaches’ poll, eight computer rankings, strength of schedule and losses.
This will be the 25th consecutive bowl appearance for Michigan.
The Wolverines, whose opponent has not yet been determined, last played in the Orange Bowl in 1976, losing to Oklahoma 14-6.
Michigan will become only the fourth Big Ten Conference school to play in the Orange Bowl with Ohio State (1977) and Michigan State (1938) also appearing in the game.
Penn State played in the Orange Bowl on four different occasions before joining the Big Ten Conference, with its most recent appearance coming in 1986.