Michigan's likeliest bowl opponent: Texas A&M and Heisman frontrunner Johnny Football
Michigan's likeliest bowl destination is the Capital One Bowl.
And if it lands there, it will face an intriguing opponent: Texas A&M.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy broke the news via Twitter on Friday afternoon: "Not official until Sunday, but Johnny Football's going to Disney World. Capital One Bowl will pick Texas A&M"
The Wolverines are expected to play in the bowl if Nebraska beats Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night. The Cornuskers beat the Badgers 30-27 in the regular season and are a three-point favorite for Saturday's game.
If Nebraska is upset, Michigan likely would head to the Outback Bowl.
The Wolverines' biggest competition for bowl placement is Northwestern, but they are expected to receive preferred bidding despite the Wildcats' 9-3 record. Michigan won the head-to-head matchup and has a large following, which factors into the bidding process.
If Michigan/Texas A&M materializes, it would present an intriguing matchup between the Wolverines, who have productive mobile quarterbacks in Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner, and the Aggies, who are led by quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Manziel, known widely as "Johnny Football," is a Heisman Trophy frontrunner as a redshirt freshman. He is 273-of-400 passing (68.3 percent) for 3,419 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and also has rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 scores.
Texas A&M ranks fourth in the country in scoring offense at 44.8 points per game, and would present the most difficult challenge of the year for Michigan's formidable defense.
The Aggies went 10-2 in their first season in the SEC, with their only losses coming against No. 5 Florida and No. 9 LSU. They have won six in a row.
They have one common opponent with Michigan in Alabama, which crushed the Wolverines in the season opener.
Texas A&M handed the Crimson Tide their only loss, 29-24 -- in Tuscaloosa.