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Michigan Football Preview 2012

English: Denard Robinson
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The Michigan football team may be facing a tough season in 2012.

Having just won the Sugar Bowl and being ranked in the preseason top ten, the wolverines are holding the hopes and dreams of many fans in 2012. The returning team is strong, with 13 returning starters. The big key is Quarterback Denard Robinson, who is college football’s most exciting player. ¬†However, their schedule has not been made easy for them as they tackle on of the nations toughest schedules.

If the Wolverines want a return visit to a BCS bowl again this year, then they are going to have to work hard and face a gruelling run of games. Their fans will no doubt be ready to get behind them though, offering plenty of support. Even those who support them but tend to prefer other things like playing on PartyPoker.com (Czech) and reading books are likely to want to either attend games or watch them on the television. Michigan will not have long to wait until they are tested, as their first outing this season will be against Alabama Crimson Tide, who are the defending national champions. They will have to rise to the challenge to beat this team and if they succeed, they will have many more dates to play.

They will have to travel home to play against the Air Force and then the University of Massachusetts. The latter game may represent a slight break in difficulty for the Michigan team, however after this it is right back to action when they head to South Bend and play the Fighting Irish. These old rivals will no doubt give the team a run for their money and hopefully Michigan will still be on top form after all of their previous games. It will be interesting to see how this season goes for the Wolverines and I will be watching closely.

Early Prediction: 11-3

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Stunning turn of events in Michigan college football!

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What a difference 2 weeks makes, huh?

Just a couple of weeks ago The University of Michigan football team was imploding and MSU was talking about 9 wins, back to back wins over Michigan and a New Years day Bowl.  Well, well, well, it looks more like the same old, same old in college football in the great State of Michigan.  Some thoughts from Saturday’s games.

  •  It is time for the Sparty media and apologists to take stock of their program and realize that one win over a rebuilding Michigan team doesn’t represent a shift of power in the state.  The litany of pro Dantonio recruiting columns in the Freep and News can give it a rest now.  I don’t see it as a positive if you are getting the majority of your recruits from the State of Michigan if the talent is thin and sub-par.  Face it, Michigan High School football talent has always been “top heavy” meaning there were only a few game changers a year to come out of the state.  So Dantonio’s success in recruiting a large number of MIchigan kids isn’t really a valid argument; the real battle is for the top 5-8 players in the State of Michigan and the Wolverines have an edge in that department.MSU has a lot of good things happening, Athletic Director Mark Hollis is a top notch guy who does things the right way, Dantonio will win his share of games in E.L. and Izzo is Izzo, BUT…there is no shift in the balance of football power in the State of Michigan and all the squawking on the radio and in the papers won’t change the fact that Rich Rod will win with his system, particularly when he gets more of his own “system guys.”

  • MSU’s loss to CMU is bad, but it isn’t as bad as it was once before, the MAC has improved and is playing a mjuch improved brand of football.  Losing to CMU isn’t as bad as losing to Toledo in 2008.

  • Yes, Forcier is gonna be a great QB.  He’s just got something special that separates him from other young QB’s.  He looked even more poised than Henne when he started as a true freshman at Michigan.  The good news for Michigan fans is he isn’t likely headed to the NFL early and Devin Gardner may even be better than Forcier. Even the biggest Michigan hater has to acknowledge Forcier’s presence on the field.

  • As much as I hate to admit it, MIchigan still isn’t “back.”  There are just too many question marks on defense.  ND is a potent offense so the next few weeks will tell the story.  I am concerned that the D-line can’t stop the run, they are undersized and young.  Isn’t it odd that Craig Roh is starting at defensive end but William Campbell hasn’t touched the field?

  • Denard Robinson needs to play more….in a role similar to Steve Breaston.  Clearly Forcier is the better QB, but Robinson could be electric if they could find additional ways to utilize him.

  • Funny how a win over ND can change perspective. Looking at the schedule now, doesn’t it appear that the only two “tough” games are Penn State and Ohio State?  Before the win over The Irish, I thought all the games looked “tough.”

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A guy who covered Rich Rod at Tulane weighs in on his Michigan experience.

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It was the morning Chris Scelfo was officially named the head football coach at Tulane University.

Green Wave offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez was in his office, one floor and about 50 feet from where the press conference was taking place. Rodriguez was crying right in front of a reporter.

My opinion of Rodriguez was always high. That day, it was even higher. Rodriguez badly wanted to coach his players. And, when he knew he wasn’t going to get that chance, he didn’t stick to a canned script. With Rich, what you see is what you get.

On the afternoon that Tulane beat BYU to finish off a perfect season, Rodriguez did an on field interview with Harry McCulla for ABC 26. When he and McCulla finished, Rodriguez was carried off the field by several players.

My points are these. One, many at Michigan will chuckle at Rodriguez’s display of emotion, but that is genuinely who he is.

Two, one of Rodriguez’s strengths as a coach is his ability to be very hard on players in practice, yet easily connect with many of them.

At many a Tulane practice, Rich Rodriguez would give quarterback Shaun King a tongue lashing. But King understood that if he did what his coach said, he would become a better player. It is because of Rodriguez that King went on to play in the National Football League.

So this week, when the Detroit News reported that Rodriguez and his staff were being investigated by Michigan for working players past NCAA mandated time limits, I wasn’t surprised.

Rodriguez is a very demanding person. He will get in your face and require more from you than maybe you thought possible. 

And he has one other “issue” that some at Michigan might find to be a problem.

Even though he hails from West Virginia, he sounds like he’s from the South. That’s right. At Michigan, a place that prides itself on diversity and respect for difference of opinion, there is a built in prejudice. Not only is Rodriguez not a “Michigan man,” but he speaks with an accent that clearly says ‘country.’

That’s why, when he was offered the Alabama job before Nick Saban, he should have accepted. He is a far better fit in Tuscaloosa or Baton Rouge than he will ever be in Ann Arbor. But if given time, he will win big at Michigan.

The haughties in Ann Arbor will never admit this, but Michigan football in the last years of Lloyd Carr was a mess. The loss to Appalachian State to kickoff the 2007 season ripped off a scab that had been growing for awhile.

Ohio State currently enjoys a five game win streak in the series, longest for the archrivals of the Wolverines in the series. And, anyone who has seen the Buckeyes against SEC teams in recent BCS championship games knows this: Ohio State is very good but not elite.

But they own Michigan because they have done a much better job recruiting and coaching. Rich will change that. He is recruiting speed for his spread offense and more speed and athleticism for his defense. Both items are often in short supply throughout the Big Ten.

If given time with his system and his players, he will turn the table on THE Ohio State University.

That’s if the politically correct police in Ann Arbor and/or the NCAA don’t get him first.

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