Northwestern has finished at No. 13 in the final College Football Playoff rankings of 2015, which were released Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats essentially finished three spots away from reaching a New Year's Six Bowl, behind No. 11 TCU, No. 10 North Carolina and No. 9 Florida State, despite finishing 10-2.
Northwestern rose one spot from last week's No. 14 ranking, but came up just short.
The Wildcats will likely head to either the Citrus Bowl or Outback Bowl, where they'll play an SEC team. The possible opponents are Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Here are the New Year's Six bowl matchups:
College Football Playoff
Orange Bowl: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa
Sugar Bowl: No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
Fiesta Bowl: No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State
Peach Bowl: No. 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida State
Here are the final rankings:
Northwestern's bowl destination will be announced later Sunday afternoon.