As Michigan fans, each year we have a ceiling expectation of 13-0 and National Champs. Whenever I am asked by friends and family for my preseason prediction for the upcoming year, this is the answer. However, somewhere down in my gut (which isn't too deep down because I am skinny), I have an "acceptable minimum expectation." At this point in the season, best case scenario would be 11-2, drawing interest from top recruits and stabilizing coaching jobs for years to come. However, what would be the minimum performance you could accept? Here is how my expectations break down: 11-2 ->pure joy and excitement for the inevitable NC's in 2011 and 2012; 10-3 ->same as above but possibly only a NC in 2012; 9-4 ->Happy that we took care of business and likely won a decent bowl game; 8-5 ->My acceptable minimum expectation...we won most of the games we should have, but probably dropped at least one where we were the better team; 7-6 -> Only winning 2 of the last 8 would make me very sad, especially if tOSU is not one of the wins; 6-7 -> My brain would explode at the impossibility of such a scenario.
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