Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/2/12
Michigan is headed to the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. The bowl announced on Sunday afternoon that the Wolverines had accepted an invitation to play a Southeastern Conference team to be named later in the day. Most media projections had Michigan facing South Carolina. It had appeared on Saturday that the Wolverines might drop to the Gator Bowl, but that chance ended when the Capital One Bowl chose Nebraska as the Big Ten representative. That gave the Outback Bowl a choice between Michigan and Northwestern, and they picked the Wolverines. Michigan has played in the Outback on four previous occasions, winning three times. In their last appearance, in 2002, they beat Florida 38-30. Michigan finished the regular season ranked 19th in the AP poll and 22nd in the coaches poll. In the latter poll, three coaches ranked Michigan 15th, the highest votes for the Wolverines. The three were Michigan's own Brady Hoke, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and, of all people, Arizona's Rich Rodriguez.
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