Michigan Football: Wolverines win Big Ten, advance to Orange Bowl

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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As the final seconds ran off of the clock at Lucas Oil Stadium, fans and players rejoiced as the Wolverines brought home their first Big Ten Championship since 2004. With a dominant 42-3 win over Iowa, Michigan football retained its spot as the No. 2 team in the country.

After routing the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, the Wolverines will advance to the Orange Bowl on December 31st to take on Georgia in the College Football Playoff.

Boasting a 12-1 record, Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines are gearing up for what could be a run at the National Championship Game on January 10th, Michigan football‘s first shot at a National title since 1997.

Since hiring head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2015, Michigan fans have been desperate for their Wolverines to be at the center of college football once again. Seven years later, they may have their wish.

Though the expectations for Michigan were low coming into this season, the Wolverines shocked the world, going 11-1 in the regular season and beating Ohio State for the first time since 2011.

Saturday, Michigan football beat Iowa 42-3, ending a 17-year Big Ten Title drought and securing a spot in the College Football Playoff. Michigan stayed the No. 2 spot in the country and will face off against Georgia in the Orange Bowl.

With No. 3 Alabama’s blowout win over No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs are now the new three-seed in the College Football Playoff rankings.

On December 31st, the Wolverines will square off against Georgia in the Orange Bowl, with the Bulldogs still seen by many as the favorite.

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Regardless of the competition, this Michigan football team has proven one thing all season long: the Wolverines will come to play anyone and anywhere; and will have the opportunity to prove themselves once again on New Year’s Eve.