Michigan comes tied for 65th nationally, and 5th in the B1G with 13 returning starters.
Other notables (nationally):
- Minnesota (T-65th)
- Oklahoma (T-65th)
- Clemson (T-81st)
- Iowa (T-81st)
- Alabama (T-98th)
- Notre Dame (T-113th)
- Michigan State (T-113th)
- Ohio State (128th - dead last)
Edit: Sorry, I neglected to "fact-check" Steele's numbers. Michigan should have 14 total returning starters (8 on offense, 6 on defense), which would put them tied for 41st in the nation, and 3rd in the B1G. Steele probably assumed that AJ Williams was a starter, maybe?
Well, we've made it to the last Friday afternoon without college football coming. One week from now many of us will be itching to leave the office, out of towners like myself will have been packed up for the trip to Ann Arbor. With games next Thursday and Friday nights the season is finally here. What are you up to this final game-free weekend (Until Wife Day and Wife Day II Wife-Day-Harder)? What will you be doing almost exactly 193 hours from right now?
Dear Michigan Fan,
I write to you right before the kickoff of the 2010-2011, my words might not be the ones you want to hear but have to be said anyways.
Thank you for being faithful to my cause, thank you for being there 110,000 strong at every home game, thank you for traveling for 10 hours to see me play away. Thank you for crying when I lose and for partying all around town when I win. We have many memories together, good and bad, whether it be Bo’s speeches, the comeback against Iowa in 1997, A-Train’s fumble against NorthWestern or Phillip Brabbs’ field goal against Washington. They are all moments that make our relationship stronger and that make us bond the way we have bonded in the past and the way we will keep on bonding in the future. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Friend, you have been angry at me recently and I don’t really know why? is it because there are less W’s? If so is our relationship one of self-interest? I truly thought you loved me for my inner soul and not for materialistic and cosmetic things, I thought you love me for what i mean to do and not just what I succeed at doing.
Well, don’t blame anything on the coach or the players, the university or yourself, there is nothing wrong, the spirit of this team is still there, I know it. Did you see Threet running against Wisconsin in 2008, did you know that he is actually a pocket passer!! Did you see Tate trying and trying and trying last year, did you see Rich crying? Did you see that Notre Dame game, or the attempt to comeback against MSU or Iowa? Yes we do not always succeed, but it will come back, sooner or later, so don’t give up on me not today or tomorrow. Win or lose we are all Wolverines at heart, feisty and fighting till the end.
Don’t worry about that missed tackle today, and don’t worry about that broken protection, none are intentional and in return I will give you much more glory in the future, just give me a real chance to prove it and cheer for that team as much as you can.
As for the coach, give him a chance, he really needs you and his players need him, so if anything lets all stand united against all those who doubt us and lets prove forever that we are all Maize and Blue and not just Wal-Mart Wolverines! And no matter what happens today next week or in November stand by me.
Go Blue and Hail to the Victors,
The Heart and Soul of the Michigan Football Team
It's HOW long till kickoff?!?
Heavy drinking IS permissible this weekend.
Delaware State, Purdue, Illinois: Wins. None have looked particularly good this year, and two are at home, which can only help us. Revenge games against Purdue and Illinois help too.
Wisconsin: I put this separate because it's an away game, and IME it's our hardest game left. Wisconsin's offense did well against OSU's defense and they made Pryor look like crap. Also, it's in Camp Randall, which is always a tough place to play.That said, our performance against Iowa should show that we can hold our own with the elite of the Big Ten, even away. We'll have Molk back by then, and it's our penultimate game, so we'll be at the best of the season. It'll be close, but I think another heartbreaking loss like Iowa.
Penn State: They seem overrated, but it's hard to tell considering they haven't played anyone except Iowa. It's at home, which is always good for us. Their offense couldn't produce against Iowa's defense, but Darryl Clark is good on the pass, while our secondary is still suspect, so I'll give the edge to PSU. Our offense can take on PSU's defense, especially considering Iowa's ability to score on them and hoping for Molk back. I give us a slight edge. What we have, though, is home field advantage, which is a HUGE plus for us. We've always done very well at home, and I think we'll continue. Close game, but we pull it out.
OSU: This is always tough. They don't look good at all this year. Pryor still looks like a freshman, and their defense was torched by the speedier parts of Wisconsin's offense. This is probably the most vulnerable they've looked in a long time. It's also Pryor's first time in the Big House, which is hungry for Buckeye blood. Suffice it to say, the intangibles are in our favor. What this game comes down to is our ability to put up points on their defense. They got a lot of sacks on Wisconsin's QB and a lot of defensive points. It'll be close, and it'll be a good game, and I think we pull it out on a last-second Forcier clutch drive.
Final record: 9-3 (5-3), Outback Bowl