Sugar win would boost perception 

January, 3, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -- For Michigan to continue its path toward reclamation, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is important for a lot of reasons.

So much of how teams are judged now are how they fare in bowl games, and historically, the Wolverines haven’t been great. They're 18-20 in bowls, including a 4-6 record since 2000.

They haven’t been all that good in marquee bowls, either. Michigan hasn’t won a BCS game since a 35-34 overtime win over Alabama on Jan. 1, 2000. Since then, the Wolverines have lost in the Rose Bowl in 2004 (28-14 to USC), 2005 (38-37 to Texas) and 2007 (32-18 to USC).
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