September is right around the corner and that means another college football season will soon be in store for fans around the country. This year, the Michigan Wolverines football team is coming off of a successful season under first-year Head Coach Brady Hoke. They went 11-2, and winning the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans against the Virginia Tech Hokies, 23-20 in overtime.
The season starts this Saturday against the reigning champion Alabama Crimson Tide in Dallas. The Cowboy Classic is the most anticipated game of the opening weekend according to nearly all college football analysts.
After the first game in Dallas, the Wolverines come back home for two games, assumingly very easy against Air Force and Massachusetts. Next, they travel to Notre Dame and Purdue, with a week off in between. The following two weeks should determine how the rest of the season will play out. The Wolverines will play Illinois a week after Purdue for their annual homecoming game of the year, followed by Michigan State at home. They haven’t beaten the Spartans in four years, so we know that Denard Robinson and company will look to dispatch them for the first time in their careers.
A two game road trip to Nebraska and Minnesota end October and start November. Northwestern and Iowa travel to Ann Arbor before the Wolverines and Buckeyes square off in Columbus at the end of November for their annual rivalry game. It is important to remember that they are under new Head Coach Urban Meyer.
It’s not the hardest schedule Michigan has ever had, but it will prove to be tough with the defending champions right out of the gate. Many analysts and fans alike believe that the game against Alabama will be a stepping stone for how good this season will be.
No Mike Martin, no Junior Hemingway, no Kevin Koger, no Martavious Odoms, no David Molk. All of these big-name players graduated, and some moved on to the NFL. Wide receiver Darryl Stonum was suspended last year, and has transferred to play for Baylor.
A B1G Ten Championship will be in the sights of second-year Head Coach Brady Hoke, along with all of the dedicated Wolverines. A high profile bowl game is more than likely the end destination for this team but only time will tell.
The obvious matchups to see this year are the games against Alabama, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan State, and Ohio State. The sleeper games are against Nebraska and Iowa. Michigan has not been to Lincoln since the early 1900s and home field could prove different this time around, where a closer game could happen instead of a blowout.
Michigan lost a crucial game last year against the Hawkeyes, in which many Michigan fans though the referees were at fault for some non-calls and bad-calls. Playing the Big House this year should give the Wolverines more confidence against the Hawkeyes and provide a win.
Offseason turmoil wasn’t avoided this year with running back Fitzgerald Toussaint arrested for a DUI and defensive end Frank Clark arrested for second degree home invasion, a felony. It is not clear what their status will be for the season, but they are important parts of this Michigan team, Toussaint especially. He was the main tailback last year, as only a sophomore.
The Wolverines have a chance to be the B1G Ten Champions this year, and if they work hard enough out of the starting gate, they can achieve that goal and possibly more. I hope you are looking forward to another great season of Wolverines football because I know I am. Hail to the Victors and Go Blue!
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