It may be redundant, but the OP rightfully tags it as a snowflake thread. I like the way this one contrasted the last two seasons. I suppose they aren't "mirror" images of each other ... maybe antitheses? At any rate (here we go, let it snow), this coaching staff and program are headed in the right direction, and there really are no "mysteries" as to how they can take it to the next level. Continue recruiting well for depth; find ways to galvanize the approach on the road (something to do with reducing turnovers perhaps?) although next season's road sked is easier; and find a more consistent and effective offensive identity. Keep doing what you're doing on defense. Special teams? This is another area where there have GOT to be a few points to be gained. Did we attempt one single punt or FG fake this season? And there has yet to be a kick return TD in the Hoke era.
Final snowflake thought for 2012 regular season. Dang, do Notre Dame, Ohio and Nebraska all look a lot like M did last year, catching some breaks here, making some plays there. I'm sure their fanbases were all grumbling about us in the same "lucky SOB's" vein in 2011. So be it. That's college football.