ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan will head somewhere south for the holidays. But not as part of the College Football Playoff.
Michigan is at No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, announced Sunday.
The CFP selection committee announced its top-four teams for the national semifinals on Dec. 31: No. 1 Alabama will meet No. 4 Washington in Atlanta, and No. 2 Clemson will meet No. 3 Ohio State in Glendale, Ariz.
The winners advance to the CFP national championship game Jan. 9 in Tampa.
Michigan is now headed to a New Year’s Six game, likely the Orange Bowl.
Michigan was in contention for a playoff berth up until the final week of the season. Michigan was No. 3 prior to a 30-27, double-overtime loss Nov. 26 at No. 3 Ohio State, and fell to fifth in the second-to-last rankings released on Nov. 29.
Michigan’s two losses this season came to Ohio State and Iowa, a 14-13 loss in Iowa City, Iowa, on a last-second field goal. Michigan has three wins against ranked opponents this season: Penn State, Colorado and Wisconsin.
The final CFP rankings and New Year’s Six bowl pairings will be released at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
Michigan will play in its sixth bowl game in the last seven seasons. Michigan defeated Florida, 41-7, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in January in Orlando, Fla.