Michigan’s 35-14 loss on Saturday at Wisconsin did not end the Wolverines’ ambitions this season.

Jim Harbaugh’s bunch can still win the Big Ten East, still look forward to facing rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, still align itself with a major bowl.

But a College Football Playoff spot? That’s probably gone.

It’s one thing to go on the road and lose to a really good team but put up a solid fight and impress some people. That was what Notre Dame did in losing at Georgia. That’s the kind of result the CFP committee will examine closely should the Fighting Irish wind up the regular season 11-1.

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That’s not the kind of loss Michigan took at Wisconsin.

The Badgers walloped the Wolverines, racing to a 35-0 lead before allowing a couple of late touchdowns.

That moved Wisconsin squarely into the Associated Press top 10 as well as the CFP conversation.

And for Michigan, it was the kind of loss that will be impossible to forget for the CFP committee.

Right now, that result leaves the Big Ten out of the CFP top four in our projections — though of course we must remind folks that it is very early in the season and that the league could well wind up in the CFP. After all, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa are still undefeated.

But for now, Ohio State stays in the Rose Bowl in our projections and the Wolverines fall out of the New Year’s Day 6 completely.

Now, on to our B1G bowl projections, in the conference’s approximate bowl selection order:

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