"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
12th game looking closer to reality
It's coming. Permanent 12 game schedules. So remember that anyone opposed to a playoff who votes for this is a big hypocrite.
(My playoff scenario--everyone's got one--remove the Big East as an auto-qualifier, let one non-BCS team in every year, play the four bowls according to conference affiliations, and then play one extra game a week later at the Rose Bowl between two of the four winners, determined by a committee. Not really a playoff. Strikes a balance between tradition and moving forward.)
The Big Ten could hypothetically go to a fully round-robin schedule with the 12th game. That would allow teams a single warmup against a cupcake, a real non-con game, and then a full Big Ten slate. I think I'd rather see that than see UM play 3 MAC teams and ND every year. Doubt it will happen, though.