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Ever yelled “We want Bama” as a joke when Michigan had a good game? Well, you got your wish.

It’s official: the 14th-ranked Wolverines will be headed to Orlando to play No. 13 Alabama in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The Michigan football team is waiting to find out which bowl game it will play in.

Until Sunday’s selection show (or rather, an hour or so before the selection show, when someone inevitably leaks the placements), it’s a guessing game where the Wolverines will go and who they will play. But as championship weekend approaches, the picture has begun to come into focus.

Linebacker Josh Uche will declare for the NFL Draft.

Linebacker Josh Uche has announced that he will declare for the NFL draft, though he will still play in Michigan’s bowl game.

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Now, that streak is at eight, with Patterson’s two shots at the Buckeyes ending in blowout losses. Michigan’s traditional seniors at least had victory within their grasp as freshmen and sophomores, but they too leave winless. Only a meaningless bowl game now separates them from the end of their college careers.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh led the Wolverines to a 9-3 record in 2019.

Though some fans have called for his dismissal, both throughout the season and in the wake of Saturday’s loss to Ohio State, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s job is safe heading into next season, according to multiple sources close to the University who spoke to The Daily on condition of anonymity, as they were unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Michigan football team lost its eighth-straight game to Ohio State on Saturday.

When it all ended, when the blowout was codified and the Michigan football team was taking a never-ending walk up the tunnel, Ohio State ran to the nearest end zone.

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Jim Harbaugh brought his hands to hips, an empty stare glued to his face.

If he had looked forward, he would’ve seen Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins leaping into the end zone, sparking pandemonium from the sea of red behind him.

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As the seconds continued to churn off the second-half clock Saturday, a sea of red began to funnel down the rows of Michigan Stadium. Chants of O-H-I-O from the traveling fan base rained down, and the locals filed for the exits.

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Shea Patterson took the snap at Ohio State’s 16 early in the second quarter, hoping to convert third down and potentially bring Michigan within two points.

But he dropped the ball, and a Buckeye fell on it. You’ve seen that before.

What happened next should be familiar, too.

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On Jim Harbaugh’s fifth try, on Michigan’s eighth since it last won this matchup and on a day that, for a moment, seemed to have all the ingredients, it wasn’t enough. Not nearly enough.