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While no Michigan teams made the College Football Playoff, three Michigan schools will compete in bowl games.

These are my predictions on the games.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Central Michigan (8-4)

Senior quarterback Shane Morris, who transferred to the Chippewas from the University of Michigan, will lead the team against Wyoming on Friday, Dec. 22.

Morris has 2,908 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 130.2 this season.

Sophomore running back Jonathon Ward leads the Chippewa run game with 988 yards and nine touchdowns.

Junior linebacker Malik Fountain and senior defensive back Josh Cox lead the team with 81 and 82 total tackles, respectively.

Central Michigan will have to find a way around the dominant Wyoming defense.

Wyoming (7-5)

Coach Craig Bohl will lead the Cowboys to their second consecutive bowl game.

Junior quarterback Josh Allen is the team’s starter, with 1,658 yards and 13 touchdowns passing. He is probable to play in the game, even though he suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the season.

Junior safety Andrew Wingard leads the defense with 111 total tackles.

He also has four interceptions on the season.

Wyoming will have to play solid defense against Central Michigan’s Morris if they want to win this game.

Prediction- Central Michigan 42, Wyoming 35

The Outback Bowl

Michigan (8-4)

The Wolverines have had trouble finding a good quarterback since senior QB Wilton Speight was injured on Sept. 23.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Peters is the likely starter for the game, with 486 passing yards and a perfect touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4-0.

Junior running back Karan Higdon has 929 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing this season, while sophomore RB Chris Evans has 661 yards and six touchdowns rushing.

The two will likely tandem during the game.

Sophomore linebacker Devin Bush leads the defense with 89 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Bush is critical to the high-pressure Michigan defense that defensive coordinator Don Brown practices.

Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines will have to produce offensively to win.

South Carolina (8-4)

Coach Will Muschamp will lead the Gamecocks to their second consecutive bowl game.

The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley, who has 2,555 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Skai Moore has 88 total tackles on the year with three interceptions.

The defense will have to contain the dynamic Michigan run game to stand a chance in this game.

In addition, the Gamecocks will have to push past the aggressive Michigan defense in order to win the game.

Prediction- Michigan 35, South Carolina 24

The Holiday Bowl

Michigan State (9-3)

The Spartans had an amazing year, flipping their record from being 3-9 to being 9-3.

Sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke has 2,580 passing yards on the season, with 17 touchdowns.

Lewerke has 489 yards and five touchdowns rushing.

Junior running back LJ Scott has 785 rushing yards with six touchdowns.

Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie leads the Spartan defense with 94 total tackles.

Lewerke will have to play his best game against Washington State to win his first bowl game.

Washington State (9-3)

Senior quarterback Luke Falk has led the Cougars this season, with 3,593 passing yards on the season. He also has 30 passing touchdowns.

Sophomore safety Jalen Thompson has made 69 total tackles this season, with four interceptions.

Coach Mike Leach is in his sixth year at Washington State. His team lost the Holiday Bowl to Minnesota last season.

The Cougars will have to contain the Michigan State offense to win this game.

Prediction- Michigan State 27, Washington State 21

National Semifinal at the Rose Bowl

Georgia (12-1)

The Bulldogs will be led by Coach Kirby Smart.

Senior running back Nick Chubb has 1,175 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.

Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has 2,173 passing yards, which is a great start to his college career.

Georgia’s defense is led by junior Roquan Smith, who has 113 total tackles.

Georgia will have to keep Oklahoma from getting possession of the ball to limit the Sooners’ versatile offense.

Oklahoma (12-1)

Senior quarterback Baker Mayfield will lead the Sooners in their first College Football Playoff appearance.

Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns this season.

Senior Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who plays defensive end and linebacker, will lead the Sooners defense against Georgia.

Okoronkwo has 70 total tackles and eight sacks this season.

If Oklahoma’s defense can contain the Georgia run game, they have a great shot at making the final.

Prediction- Oklahoma 35, Georgia 28

National Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl

Alabama (11-1)

Coach Nick Saban will lead the Crimson Tide against Clemson for the third consecutive season.

Alabama will be looking to avenge last year’s failures, as Clemson upset the team last year with a narrow 35-31 win in the national championship.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for 2,005 yards in the regular season with a 60.7 completion percentage.

The team is first in yards against per game, and their potent defense will have to play their best to make a return to the final.

Clemson (12-1)

The Tigers have made the College Football Playoff for three consecutive years, winning last year’s championship.

Coach Dabo Sweeney led his team to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, where the team defeated Miami to win the title.

Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has thrown for 2,678 yards and 13 passing touchdowns this season. He also has 646 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.

Freshman running back Travis Etienne has 744 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards.

His presence gives the Tigers a dynamic offense that will be hard for Alabama to defend.

Prediction- Clemson 28, Alabama 24