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#1 Hootie & The Blowfish

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#3 Fortnite Season 7 Christmas Theme

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Fortnite Season 7 sounds incredible!

For those who have been playing in recent months, it will operate similar to the previous Battle Pass, giving you access to new skinsemotes and XP multipliers - provided you then put in the time and effort to then unlock them, of course.

If you're just getting started, our Fortnite Battle Royale tips and tricks can provide some helpful hints.

On this page:

When does Fortnite Season 7 start? Fortnite Season 7 release date and release time explained

Every few months, Fortnite enters a new season. Seasons give you a new opportunity to unlock a variety of rewards - including new character and weapon skins, loading screens, emotes and emoticons, and even V-Bucks - by leveling up over the course of the season.

Right now, Fortnite is reaching the end of its current season - Season 6. The Fortnite Season 7 release date is Thursday, December 6th.

Based on the in-game counter, the Fortnite Season 7 release time should be early morning in the UK at the game's usual patch time:

  • UK: 9am (BST)
  • Europe: 10am (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 4am (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 1am (PDT)

Expect the game - and with it, Fortnite Season 7 - to go live 2-3 hours later.


It's worth noting that as with previous seasons, all previous challenges will be wiped when Season 7 begins, so make sure you use the final few weeks to get everything you want unlocked.

Fortnite Season 7 expected theme

Fortnite sees strange occurrences in the lead up to a new season, and though Season 7 has been quieter than previous seasons (such as Season 4's cometSeason 5's rift and Season 6's giant purple cube - we have a solid idea of how the theme will shape out.

The theme will be - snow. With the Season 7 release date taking place in early December, this means it makes perfect sense to have a chilly theme to go along with the climate in the northern hemisphere, complete with snow on at least some of the map.

As well Fortnite confirming theme as part of the release date countdown, we also have a good idea of what this means through in-game hints. This includes:

  • A snow storm has been seen on the horizon to the south, which actually appears to be an iceberg (thanks Olichamp5 on reddit). The theory is this will add (or replace) a snowy land mass on the map, possibly to the west.
Credit: Olichamp5 on reddit
  • Looking at this produces a noise. Running it through a spectrogram, it produces the same symbol as the Hunting Party skin AIM was introduced (thanks Fifa_chicken_nuggets on reddit) - with these skins usually hinting at the next season's theme.
  • The starting island - which is closest to the approaching storm and iceburg - sees your breath become visible, hinting at the advancing cold:

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I love the little details this game adds just to hype players up for the next season or event

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  • Assets for different noises when moving (the crunching of snow) have been leaked (thanks raptoryboioi on reddit).

That's a lot of hints - and surely more to come. Keep your eyes peeled!

Fortnite Seasons and Battle Pass cost explained

Like Season 5 before it, Season 6 is set to offer an array of new rewards, most of which are locked behind Battle Pass ownership.

While you can unlock a select number of the above with a Free Pass, it's only with a Battle Pass that a second tier of elusive rewards are unlocked.

The Battle Pass is a premium item, and again costs 950 V-Bucks. You can buy a bundle of 1,000 V-Bucks for around £8 / $10, or earn V-Bucks in game through a variety of activities.

The Season 6 Battle Pass offers the following unlocks straight away:

  • Two outfits - the DJ Yonder outfit and the Calamity Outfit
  • Combo match XP boost
  • Access to more Challenges

These Challenges are introduced weekly, ranging from performing certain types of activities or finding hidden objects on the map, and completing them helps you rank up your Battle Pass easier, give you those rewards faster.

Both these Battle Pass Challenges and rewards can be unlocked at your leisure throughout the season, but once a new Season begins, your progress resets, and a new set of rewards and rankings will begin.

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Fortnite Season 6 skins list

First, let's get to the juicy part - Season 6 skins. These are unlocked with both the Free Pass and the Battle Pass, at the following tiers:

Fortnite Season 6 skins list

DJ Yonder Outfit (Tier 1)


Calamity Outfit (Tier 1, new styles unlocked with Calamity progress)


Giddy-Up Outfit (Tier 23)


Fable Outfit (Tier 47)


Dusk Outfit (Tier 71)


Nightshade Outfit (Tier 86)


Dire Outfit (Tier 100, new styles unlocked with Dire progress)


Other Fortnite Season 6 character cosmetics - Back Bling, Axes and Contrails

  • Picnic Glider (Tier 7)
  • Fabled Cape back bling (Tier 14 Free Pass Tier)
  • Smash Up axe (Tier 15)
  • Exhaust Contrail (Tier 19)
  • Crossfire Glider (Tier 22 Free Pass Tier)
  • Guiding Glow Axe (Tier 30 Free Pass Tier)
  • Fireflies Contrail (Tier 36)
  • Waveform Back Bling (Tier 38 Free Pass Tier)
  • Covered Crusader Glider (Tier 39)
  • Jack-O-Lantern Contrail (Tier 54 Free Pass Tier)
  • Dusk Wings Back Bling (Tier 55)
  • Bats! Contrail (Tier 68)
  • Swarm Glider (Tier 79)
  • Spectral Essence Contrail (Tier 83)

The Fortnite Season 7 release date is almost upon us! Get prepared by completing the current set of Fortnite Challenges - including the recent vehicle timed trial locations and Fortnite Viking Ship, camel, and crashed Battle Bus locations - as well as Hunting Party secret Battle Star locations.

Fortnite Season 6 emotes list

There are plenty of new emotes in Season 6, as you'd expect. Here's a list:

  • Running Man Emote
  • It's Go Time! Emote
  • Slitherin' Emote
  • Flamenco Emote

Fortnite Season 6 Pets list

New to Fortnite in Season 6 are pets, a fan-favourite cosmetic that lets you stuff a little animal into your backpack - cute! Here's a list of all of them.

  • Bonesy Pet
  • Camo
  • Scales
  • Bonesy (white)
  • Scales (pink)
  • Bonesy (mocha)
  • Scales (black)

Fortnite Season 6 Battle Pass rewards list

There are two types of rewards available - those with the Free Pass and those with the Battle Pass, so bear this in mind if you have an eye on rewards.

In summary, the Season 6 rewards include:

  • 1300 V-Bucks
  • Fourteen Sprays
  • Seven outfits
  • Five Skyriding Contrails
  • Four emotes
  • Two pickaxes
  • Four gliders
  • Four Back Blings
  • Seven pets
  • Eleven emoticons
  • Thirteen icons
  • Three music tracks

Here they are in full...

Fortnite Season 6 rewards list:

Tier Battle Pass Free None
1 Combo XP boost, DJ Yonder outfit, Calamity Outfit, Battle Pass Challenges None
2 10% Personal XP Boost, 5x Free Tiers for next season Spiderweb Spray
3 Pickaxe Icon None
4 100 V-Bucks Calamity Loading Screen
5 Bang! Emoticon None
6 Calamity Spray Regal Wave
7 Picnic Glider None
8 Campfire Icon Battle Bus Emoticon
9 5% Friend XP Boost None
10 Emoticons! Loading Screen None
11 100 V-Bucks Floating Island Icon
12 Bonesy Pet None
13 Squeaky Clean Music None
14 Ghost Icon Fabled Cape Back Bling
15 Smash Up Harvesting Tool None
16 GG Potion Emoticon None
17 10% Personal XP Boost None
18 100 V-Bucks 100 V-Bucks
19 Exhaust Contrail None
20 Meow Moon Spray None
21 Pastel Patrol Loading Screen None
22 Zig-Zag Icon Crossfire Glider
23 Giddy-Up Outfit None
24 5% Friend XP Boost None
25 DJ Yonder Loading Screen None
26 Plunger Emoticon GG Potion Spray
27 100 V-Bucks None
28 Tomato Toy None
29 Camo Pet None
30 Manhole Cover Spray Guiding Glow Harvesting Tool
31 Running Man Emote None
32 Dice Icon None
33 10% Personal XP Boost None
34 Valkyrie Loading Screen 100 V-Bucks
35 100 V-Bucks None
36 Fireflies Contrail None
37 Llama De Muertos Spray None
38 Camper Emoticon Waveform Back Bling
39 Covered Crusader Glider None
40 DJ Yonder Spray None
41 5% Friend XP Boost None
42 100 V-Bucks Devil Horns Icon
43 Scales Pet None
44 Fate Loading Screen None
45 1000 Season XP None
46 Ghost Emoticon It's Go Time! Emote
47 Fable Outfit None
48 Wallcrawler Spray None
49 10% Personal XP Boost None
50 Lightning Icon Supply Llama Loading Screen
51 Black Cat Emoticon None
52 100 V-Bucks None
53 Eerie Music None
54 Cactus Maze Spray Jack-O-Lantern Contrail
55 Dusk Wings Back Bling None
56 Bat Icon None
57 5% Friend XP Boost None
58 100 V-Bucks TP Emoticon
59 Bonesy (White) Pet Style None
60 Tomato Temple Loading Screen None
61 1000 Season XP None
62 Patterned Icon Game Over Spray
63 Slitherin' Emote None
64 10% Personal XP Boost None
65 Chompmasters Loading Screen None
66 Meeet Emoticon None
67 1000 Season XP None
68 Bats! Contrail None
69 Spots Icon None
70 100 V-Bucks None
71 Dusk Outfit None
72 Gremlins Spray None
73 5% Friend XP Boost None
74 Scales (Pink) Pet Style None
75 100 V-Bucks None
76 Fancy Tomato Toy None
77 Fly Icon None
78 Dusk Loading Screen None
79 Swarm Glider None
80 Oni Spray None
81 10% Personal XP Boost None
82 Skull Icon None
83 Spectral Essence Contrail None
84 Ravage Loading Screen None
85 100 V-Bucks None
86 Nightshade Outfit None
87 Night Cloak Back Bling None
88 5% Friend XP Boost None
89 Pixel Raven Spray None
90 Bonesy (Mocha) Pet Style None
91 100 V-Bucks None
92 OG (Remix) Music None
93 Dire Loading Screen None
94 Clown Emoticon None
95 Flamenco Emote None
96 10% Personal XP Boost None
97 100 V-Bucks None
98 Scales (Black) Pet Style None
99 Dire Spray None
100 Dire Outfit, Dire Challenges None

What were previous Fortnite Battle Pass rewards like?

If you are curious to read about rewards from previous Battle Passes - and those available from the Free Pass - here is a list of previous unlocks from Season 3 onwards.

Season 3 Battle Pass rewards

Tier Battle Pass Free Pass
1 50% personal XP boost, 10% friend XP boost, Mission Specialist Outfit, Battle Pass Challenges None
2 10% personal XP boost, 5x free tiers for next season Free Tier Challenges
3 Egg' banner icon None
4 100x V-Bucks None
5 Wow' emoticon None
6 Supressed Pistol' loading screen Donut' banner icon
7 Sawtooth' harvesting tool None
8 Thief' emoticon None
9 5% friend XP boost None
10 Bee' banner icon Salute' emoticon
11 100x V-Bucks None
12 Harvesting Tools' loading screen None
13 Worm' banner icon None
14 Heartbroken' emoticon In Love' emoticon
15 Rainbow Rider' glider None
16 Paw' banner icon None
17 10% personal XP boost None
18 Boombox' emoticon 100x V-Bucks
19 100x V-Bucks None
20 Rainbow' skydiving trails None
21 Sun' banner icon None
22 Rocket Ride' emoticon Precision' back bling
23 Rust Lord' outfit None
24 Hawk' banner icon None
25 5% friend XP boost None
26 Chick' banner icon Good Game' emoticon
27 100x V-Bucks None
28 Tactical Shotgun' loading screen None
29 Dog collar' banner icon None
30 Bush' emoticon Battle Royale' loading screen
31 Take The L' emote None
32 1000x Season XP None
33 10% friend XP boost None
34 Moon and Clouds' banner icon 100x V-Bucks
35 100x V-Bucks None
36 Ultramarine' skydiving trails None
37 1000x Season XP None
38 Awww' emoticon Hawk' banner icon
39 Carbon' glider None
40 Crab' banner icon None
41 5% friend XP boost None
42 Top Hat' banner icon Positivity' emoticon
43 100x V-Bucks None
44 Brite Unicorn' loading screen None
45 1000x Season XP None
46 Thumbs Up' emoticon Eva' harvesting tool
47 Astro' back bling None
48 Thumbs Down' emoticon None
49 10% personal XP boost None
50 All-Star' skydiving trails' Shooting Star' banner icon
51 100x V-Bucks None
52 1 HP' emoticon None
53 1000x Season XP None
54 Wing' banner icon A+' emoticon
55 Moonwalker' outfit None
56 1000x Season XP None
57 5% friend XP boost None
58 Hot Dog' emoticon None
59 100x V-Bucks None
60 Minigun' loading screen None
61 1000x Season XP None
62 Snake' banner icon None
63 Best Mates' emote None
64 Hoarder' emoticon None
65 10% friend XP boost None
66 Teddy Bear' banner icon None
67 100x V-Bucks None
68 Bubbles' skydiving trails None
69 1000x Season XP None
70 Dark Voyager' outfit None
71 Dark Matter' back bling None
72 Rain Cloud' banner icon None
73 5% friend XP boost None
74 200 IQ Play' emoticon None
75 100x V-Bucks None
76 Raptor' loading screen None
77 1000x Season XP None
78 Wolf' banner icon None
79 Trusty No. 2' harvesting tool None
80 Flaming Rage' emoticon None
81 10% friend XP boost None
82 Happy Whale' banner icon None
83 100x V-Bucks None
84 Flames' skydiving trails None
85 1000x Season XP None
86 Kaboom' emoticon None
87 Elite Agent' outfit None
88 Lightning' banner icon None
89 5% friend XP boost None
90 Majestic' emoticon None
91 100x V-Bucks None
92 Elite Agent' loading screen None
93 1000x Season XP None
94 Mace' banner icon None
95 The Rebot' emote None
96 10% personal XP boost None
97 Number 1' emoticon None
98 100x V-Bucks None
99 Dinosaur Skull' banner icon None
100 The Reaper' outfit, Battle Pass Tier 100 Challenges None

Season 4 Battle Pass rewards

Tier Battle Pass Free Pass
1 50% personal XP boost, 10% friend XP boost, Carbide outfit, Battlehawk outfit, Weekly Challenges access None
2 10% friend XP boost, 5 free tiers for Season 5 Starter Challenges
3 X Mark spray None
4 100 V-Bucks None
5 Dynamite emoticon None
6 Carbide loading screen Dripping paint banner icon
7 Gale Force pickaxe None
8 Lights, Camera, Action emoticon None
9 5% friend XP boost None
10 Rainbow spray Standard Issue back bling
11 100 V-Bucks None
12 Rex loading screen None
13 Triangle banner icon None
14 GG Smiley spray Angel emoticon
15 Sugar Crash glider None
16 Spraypaint banner icon None
17 10% friend XP boost, 5 free tiers for Season 5 None
18 ZZZ emoticon 100 V-Bucks
19 100 V-Bucks None
20 Retro Sci-fi Skydiving Trails None
21 Dog Bowl banner icon None
22 Hearts spray Teamwork emoticon
23 Teknique outfit None
24 Baby Seal emoticon None
25 5% friend XP boost None
26 Duck banner icon Orange Justice emote
27 100 V-Bucks None
28 Squad Leader loading screen None
29 Chalk Outline spray None
30 1000 season XP Supply Drop loading screen
31 Popcorn emote None
32 Fence banner icon None
33 10% friend XP boost, 5 free tiers for Season 5 None
34 Circle spray 100 V-Bucks
35 100 V-Bucks None
36 Spray Paint skydiving trails None
37 1000 season XP None
38 Looted spray Chains banner icon
39 Wings of Valor glider None
40 Grenade banner icon None
41 5% friend XP boost None
42 Arrow spray Rainbow emoticon
43 100 V-Bucks None
44 Leviathan loading screen None
45 1000 season XP None
46 Plotting emoticon Lollipopper harvesting tool
47 Zoey outfit None
48 Royal Stroll spray None
49 10% personal XP boost None
50 Lightning skydiving trails Teeth banner icon
51 100 V-Bucks None
52 Chicken emoticon None
53 1000 season XP None
54 Abstract spray Respect emote
55 Goodie Bag back bling None
56 Do it! spray None
57 5% friend XP boost None
58 Pencil banner icon None
59 100 V-Bucks None
60 Aerosol Assassins loading screen None
61 1000 season XP None
62 Three Llamas spray None
63 Hype emote None
64 Crabby emoticon None
65 10% personal XP boost None
66 Window spray None
67 100 V-Bucks None
68 Hearts skydiving trails None
69 Lightning banner icon None
70 Trap Warning spray None
71 Valor outfit None
72 Raven spray None
73 5% friend XP boost None
74 Rabid emoticon None
75 100 V-Bucks None
76 Zoey loading scren None
77 Film camera banner icon None
78 Kiss spray None
79 Intrepid glider None
80 Mask spray None
81 10% personal XP boost None
82 Bow banner icon None
83 100 V-Bucks None
84 Shooting Star skydiving trails None
85 Brite Gunner loading screen None
86 Teknique spray None
87 Squad Leader outfit None
88 Bird banner icon None
89 5% friend XP boost None
90 Bananas emoticon None
91 100 V-Bucks None
92 Raven loading screen None
93 Arrow banner icon None
94 Tunnel spray None
95 Groove Jam emote None
96 10% personal XP boost None
97 Celebrate emoticon None
98 100 V-Bucks None
99 Shadow Ops spray None
100 Omega outfit, Omega Challenges None

Season 5 Battle Pass Rewards

Tier Battle Pass Free
1 50% match XP boost, 10% friend XP boost, Huntress Outfit, Drift Outfit, Battle Pass Challenges None
2 10% personal XP boost, 5x Free Tiers for next season. Crazy Castle Spray
3 Naughts and Crosses Banner Icon None
4 100 V-Bucks Drift Loading Screen
5 Go Emoticon None
6 Sushi Spray Gentleman's Dab Emote
7 Cruiser Glider None
8 Shopping Trolley Banner Icon Let's Rock Emoticon
9 5% Friend XP boost None
10 100 V-Bucks None
11 Basketball Toy Ship Banner Icon
12 Boogie Spray None
13 Norse Emblem Loading Screen None
14 Dolphin Banner Icon Uplink Back Bling
15 Baloon Axe None
16 Pool Party Emoticon None
17 10% personal XP Boost None
18 100 V-Bucks 100 V-Bucks
19 Abstrakt Loading Screen None
20 Lanterns Contrail None
21 Mask Banner Icon None
22 Straberry Paws Spray Downshift Glider
23 Redline Outfit None
24 Prickly Emoticon None
25 5% Friend XP Boost None
26 100 V-Bucks Pixels Royale Spray
27 Golf Ball Toy None
28 Huntress Loading Screen None
29 Lucha GG Spray None
30 1000 Season XP Lug Axe
31 You're Awesome Emote None
32 Hat Banner Icon None
33 10% personal XP boost None
34 Sun Strider Loading Screen 100 V-Bucks
35 100 V-Bucks None
36 Runic Contrail None
37 Stop Emoticon None
38 Good Vibes Spray Pool Party Back Bling
39 Conquest Glider None
40 Durrr Spray None
41 5% friend XP boost None
42 100 V-Bucks Dinosaur Banner Icon
43 Beach Ball Toy None
44 Jailbirds Loading Screen None
45 1000 Season XP None
46 Embarrassed Emoticon Calculated Emote
47 Sun Strider Outfit None
48 Fake Door Spray None
49 10% personal XP boost None
50 Golf Ball Banner Icon High Explosives Loading Screen
51 100 V-Bucks None
52 Alarm Emoticon None
53 1000 Season XP None
54 Drift Spray Glitch in the System Contrail
55 Rearguard Back Bling None
56 Ice Cream Truck Banner Icon None
57 5% friend XP boost None
58 100 V-Bucks Trap Emoticon
59 Fancy Golf Ball Toy None
60 Flytrap Loading Screen None
61 1000 Season XP None
62 Palm Trees Banner Icon Laser Chomp Spray
63 Swipe It Emote None
64 100 V-Bucks None
65 10% personal XP boost None
66 Omen Loading Screen None
67 Tattered Emoticon None
68 Ice Crystals Contrail None
69 Spider Banner Icon None
70 1000 Season XP None
71 Sledgehammer Outfit None
72 Norse Llama Spray None
73 5% friend XP boost None
74 100 V-Bucks None
75 Fancy Beach Ball Toy None
76 Chequered Flag Banner Icon None
77 Red Knight Loading Screen None
78 Tasty Emoticon None
79 Splashdown Glider None
80 Potato Aim Spray None
81 10% personal XP boost None
82 Snorkel Banner Icon None
83 100 V-Bucks None
84 TP Contrail None
85 Bad Apple Emoticon None
86 Bandolier Loading Screen None
87 Rook Outfit None
88 Cobra Banner Icon None
89 5% friend XP boost None
90 100 V-Bucks None
91 Fancy Basketball None
92 Stinky Emoticon None
93 Tomatohead Loading Screen None
94 Yummy Spray None
95 Breakdown Emote None
96 10% personal XP boost None
97 Pot of Gold Emoticon None
98 100 V-Bucks None
99 Skull and Beard Spray None
100 Ragnarok Outfit, Ragnarok Challenges None

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#4 Peach Bowl

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Just In Case You Missed It... CFA Peach Bowl Announcement

Michigan football's Peach Bowl draw isn't ideal, but it'll have to do

Let's get to know what team Michigan will play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press


For Michigan football, none of this seems ideal, even if it could be much, much worse.

On Sunday, the Wolverines were selected to play in their second New Year's Six bowl game in the past three years. And within minutes, a gaggle of exasperated fans — still stinging from what might have been and why it wasn't — let out a giant sigh.

Florida, again. A non-playoff bowl, again. The Peach Bowl is better than the Outback Bowl or something worse, to be sure.

But in today's all-or-nothing world of college football, getting close and missing out can often feel worse than never having a chance.

"Our players have played a great season, our coaches have coached a great season," U-M coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday on a teleconference, when asked how he planned to pick up the pieces after Michigan's collapse against Ohio State. "We've overcome every adversity and nothing changes. It just means the work isn't done."

Analysis: Michigan vs. Florida in Peach Bowl: Breaking down the Gators

Michigan's 62-39 loss to the Buckeyes last month was no doubt soul-crushing for anyone involved with the program. A shot at a Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff spot was, basically, four quarters away. And the Wolverines weren't even close.

And yet the importance of what Michigan can gain at the Peach Bowl against Florida later this month in Atlanta probably depends on who you ask.

The Wolverines have a chance to notch 11 wins for just the third time this century, and finishing strong can be productive in on other ways, too.

In 2015, a dedicated Michigan club finished a 10-3 season with a dominant victory over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.  That win propelled a large number of returning players into the offseason and served as validation that they were on the right track.

And yet Michigan also has lived the alternative, when last year's team was forced to spend eight months reflecting on what went wrong in an 8-5 season.

Finishing does matter from the standpoint that the alternative can be a nightmare. Michigan stumbled its way down to the Outback Bowl last season and then went out and lost the game.

The Wolverines spent the following month missing out on high-profile recruiting targets they'd spent months working on, and  they seemed nowhere near the dance floor for the next available batch of top prospects.

Plenty of that has changed, even with the setback in Columbus. Michigan's recruiting class ranks No. 8 nationally, according to 247Sports, and the Wolverines are pushing hard for 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison. There's still hope to make a serious winter splash on the all-important recruiting trail.

Recruiting mailbag: Any more Michigan football decommits?

Blow this bowl game, though, and everything gets tougher.

This game should also be a great opportunity for some of the younger players on Michigan's roster to begin the process of finding out what it'll take to be an every-down player next year. Rashan Gary will not play, and has declared for the NFL draft. Harbaugh said Sunday he's not aware of any other players who have made the same decision, but perhaps others will opt to sit in preparation for the draft.

Either way, the focus throughout bowl prep will be on the continued development of this roster and team overall. If the playoffs are the standard, then Michigan is not good enough right now.

And the month of December offers an opportunity to inch closer to that.

Michigan made progress this season, even if it didn't take the next step as a program. The program is on better ground now than it was last December. Another late-season collapse, with a bowl loss included, would scrape at that progress.

Fifteen years ago, this game might have injected more life into Michigan's fan base, even against a familiar opponent. This is a prestigious bowl because the college football system says so. Once upon a time, that was good enough.

Things have changed now and everyone knows it.

Michigan hasn't lied to itself. The Wolverines believed they had what it took to break their Big Ten title drought and find a playoff spot. They didn't. It hurts, and there's no way anything that happens in the Peach Bowl will fix that.

But it's a start.

And for Michigan, it'll have to do.

Ask Nick: What does Michigan's Jim Harbaugh need to change now?

Podcast: The Michigan Rant: What happened at Ohio State?

Contact Nick Baumgardner: nbaumgardn@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


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