I think you will get your wish.
Good grief he was incredible when he played for us. The college part of his bio is unbelievable.
Good to see that he's fought his way onto a really good team. He was a good one to have in the Maize and Blue.
Arizona's going in for a put away score and Woodson makes the play to force the fumble and Green Bay is suddenly alive. Can we get him a fake birth certificate and maybe some plastic surgery and use him on Saturdays? It would be nice. 2 of my all time favorite Michigan players are in there today. Woodson and Breaston. Here's hoping they keep dominating the way they do.
EDIT: Previously been covered. My bad.
OK, I'll admit it. I have coach envy! I would really like to have Chris Petersen (Boise State) as the coach at University of Michigan.
1) He is a good recruiter and seems to get the most out of the talent he has.
2) His players make plays UNDER PRESSURE...something UM players DON'T. See: fumbles...
3) His offense and play calling is as innovative and unpredictable as any out there.
4) He seems like a stand up guy that the players, media and other coaches really like.
Was he ever considered for the UM opening after Carr? It's entirely possible that UM could be searching for a new coach in the next year or 2. Not hopin', just sayin...thoughts?
So what do we see for this year? Here's the schedule, home games in caps:
Sept. 4 ~ CONNECTICUT
Sept. 11 ~ Notre Dame
Sept. 18 ~ MASSACHUSETTS
Sept. 25 ~ BOWLING GREEN
Oct. 2 ~ Indiana
Oct. 9 ~ MICHIGAN STATE
Oct. 16 ~ IOWA
Oct. 30 ~ Penn State
Nov. 6 ~ ILLINOIS
Nov. 13 ~ Purdue
Nov. 20 ~ WISCONSIN
Nov. 27 ~ Ohio State
This is the same conference schedule as last year, in the same order. Only the stadiums are changing.
One key difference is all the non-conference games are on the front end. No baby seals on the menu in the midst of conference play. I see that as a good thing. It definitely didn't help last year -- the feast just seemed to leave the team lethargic the next week against Penn State.
Win or lose, UConn is a great way to prepare for ND the following week. The Huskies are probably about right in competitive terms for a hungry UM team coming off a disappointing season, so it should be a good, hard-fought game. Just what the doctor ordered. I give the Wolverines the edge at home.
Notre Dame is an unknown. New coaching staff, star quarterback and running back gone. Two very good seniors gone on the offensive line. Sound familiar? Nonetheless, they open against Purdue at home, so they will be primed and ready to go when UM comes in the next week. But I like having a tough early road game. Last year, the first road game was the first loss. There were no road wins. Four home games in a row is not a good way to start a season.
So even if Michigan goes 1-1 in the first two games, the team will at least know the drill when they go on the road to Indiana to start the Big Ten season. IU will be out for revenge, but let's say we score enough points to win going away, like 40 or something.
Thus, like last year, it's not inconceivable the team could have three wins going into Big Ten play, and four when they play State. The big difference being that this time Michigan will have the experience of a gut-check road game in South Bend under their belts, and after Indiana we are looking at back-to-back home games against State and Iowa. This is a much better outlook than last year, which was the opposite.
Iowa is homecoming, followed by a bye week and then a five-game grind beginning at Happy Valley and ending in the Horseshoe. This is a tougher way to finish the season than last year, but if we play Penn State at 5-2 again it will be a more seasoned, mature 5-2, with at least a few more wins to be expected. [That is, more than none!] Plus, there was no bye week last year. The team played every week. An extra week to heal at mid-season should help matters.
I doubt 9-3 is realistic, but 7-5 or even 8-4 seems possible. I expect a lot of carnage (i.e., parity) in the Big Ten this year, much like last year (UM's dismal results notwithstanding), so even 7-5 could mean a decent bowl berth.
Per TheWolverine.com Josh Furman will be announcing tonight whether he'll be headed to Michigan or Virginia Tech. Would love to get a speedy linebacker, especially if Brandon Smith decides to transfer.