ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will face a lot of talent – especially when it tries to block South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney – in the Outback Bowl.
The 19th-ranked Wolverines, though, have just about seen it all.
They’re the only team since at least 1996 to go into the postseason after facing the top three teams in The Associated Press poll. They lost each game to No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State.
”I think it’s always a benefit when you play good football teams whether you win or lose,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. ”You learn how you have to play. We have to do a better job of taking care of the football, have to run the ball better.”
Michigan (8-4) also lost to No. 23 Nebraska, leading Hoke to vote for his team No. 15 in the coaches’ poll, which ranked the Wolverines 22nd on Sunday. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, who was replaced by Hoke, and Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly were the only other ones to vote for Michigan as high as Hoke did in the coaches’ poll.
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