Lloyd Carr's final game will be against last season's national champions. Michigan and its retiring coach will play No. 9 Florida in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year's Day.
The Gators (9-3) won four consecutive games to end the season and were chosen ahead of Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champion Tennessee in the league's bowl pecking order.
The Wolverines (8-4) could have secured a spot in the Rose Bowl by beating Ohio State two weeks ago. Carr announced his retirement the next day.
With Les Miles having agreed to stay at LSU, Michigan is still looking for a new coach.
Heisman hopeful matchup. A day after watching its national title hopes disappear, Missouri learned its bowl fate: a New Year's Day matchup with Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
Missouri (11-2) had hoped to land one of the at-large berths in the Bowl Championship Series after losing, 38-17, to Oklahoma in the Big Twelve championship, but will instead play the No. 25 Razorbacks (8-4) in Dallas.
Missouri, which dropped from the top spot to seventh in the AP poll, was ranked first in the BCS standings last week. It is a turn of events similar to 1998, when Kansas State was poised to play in the national title before losing in the Big Twelve title game.
The game will match two of the country's top offensive talents: Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, the conference's offensive player of the year, and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, the SEC's career rushing leader and 2006 Heisman Trophy runner-up.
Nebraska hires LSU assistant.
Bo Pelini is the new coach at Nebraska, replacing Bill Callahan, who was fired last weekend. ... Connecticut coach Randy Edsall is staying after talking to Georgia Tech about their coaching vacancy. ... Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe fired defensive coordinator Mike Cassity, while offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs stepped down.