Chuck Burton, Associated Press
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, right, congratulates Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney, left, after Clemson's 38-10 win in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

Michigan will meet Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, which passed up the chance to take two higher-ranked teams.

The Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl has a traditional tie-in with the Southeastern Conference, but No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet six days later in the national championship game, also at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The Sugar Bowl skipped No. 8 Boise State and 11th-ranked Kansas State in favor of two programs that likely will bring more fans to the Big Easy.

No. 13 Michigan (10-2) had a resurgent season under first-year coach Brady Hoke, capped by 40-34 victory over Ohio State. Virginia Tech (11-2), ranked 17th by The Associated Press, claimed a BCS bid despite losing 38-10 to Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.