Maize-N-Brew: 2016 may be Michigan football’s best shot at title – Detroit Free Press
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We are currently in the dog days of the college football off-season. Spring football is over, National Signing Day is in the rearview mirror and fall camp is still months away.
Sure, the extracurricular news has helped ease the pain a bit, whether it be subtweeting coaches or satellite camps, but it isn’t football.
That said, it is never too early to speculate about a team’s chances and where it stacks up with the rest of the nation while waiting for the on-field action to begin.
Michigan football is no stranger to this. Many off-seasons have seen the fanbase buy into the hype for the upcoming season. Recently, it has not paid off quite like they may have hoped it would.
The Wolverines outperformed what was expected of them in the first year of the Jim Harbaugh era with ten wins in 2015, and capped it off with a blowout victory over the Southeastern Conference’s Florida Gators.
That has catapulted them into an off-season where hype around these parts has arguably never been higher. Many expect Michigan to be a top-ten team in 2016 and compete for a Big Ten title and national championship.
It may be a bit premature to go there, but the expectations that Harbaugh, his team and the fans have set for the program are right where they should be.
They return most of their key players on both sides of the football and should be in for a solid boost of young talent from their incoming recruiting class. The questions at quarterback remain, but the schedule sets up nicely for the Wolverines and their goals will be in front of them.
There should not be any excuses here. This Michigan team is as talented as it has been in quite some time, and are led by a head coach who specializes in resurrecting programs.
The Wolverines lost three games last season to Utah, Michigan State and Ohio State, respectively. Those were the best three teams they played last year and with a group that had won only five games the year before, it was encouraging to see the fight and improvement they showed throughout the season.
Michigan has a favorable home schedule but three tough road games at MSU, Iowa and OSU. Some may use that as a crutch should the Wolverines fail to get it done outside of Ann Arbor, but those are games they need to win to truly be back to where they should be.
There is a lot of hype and talk coming out of Ann Arbor these days. Some of it is justified, while some of it may be premature. If they are able to back it up, they can say whatever they want.
Michigan is going to lose a lot of talent to the NFL after the 2016 season. That is not to say there will be some down years that follow, but this may be their best chance at a national title in the next few seasons. Fans should be excited and should embrace that.
They say talk is cheap, which is correct. It is time for the Wolverines to finally put it all together and get the job done.