I know there are a lot of bad articles submitted everyday, but I need to submit this as a finalist as the worst article of the year. I saw the headline and was intrigued and even more so when I saw Michigan on there. "2012 Breakout Teams- Michigan"
The article highlights
1. The spread is a gimmick and Michigan doesn't need it
2. Hoke is recruiting like a mother in the trenches
3. The schedule is tough in 2012.
1. We can and have debated the merits of #1 forever, but the fact is we still run it 70-80% of the time and will probably continue to do so in 2012.
2. Yes, but this will have little impact in 2012 and in fact we will be weakened in 2012 losing Martin, RVB and Molk which he doesn't mention
3. Yes, which is why we probably won't break out in 2012
Not sure if an intern cut and pasted an incorrect title and headline or the editor cut out all of Huards "insight", but this is comically bad.
I mean talk about Denards progress with Borges, Toussiant, 4 of 5 lineman returning, back 7 on defense, Mattison. You can at least make a decent argument on while we could be good next year, but his article is basically telling us why to have hope for a 2014 break out year.
I just cut out the Mich part
"Michigan's goal is to get bigger and more physical at four spots -- offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and wide receiver," says Luginbill. "They have really loaded up at the linebacker and defensive front spots. They want to have a Stanford- or Alabama-like mentality when it comes to physicality." The Wolverines currently have ESPN's sixth-ranked class.
A brutal schedule looms for the Wolverines in 2012: Alabama in Arlington, Texas, to open the season, and road games against Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State. However, Hoke can build some very positive momentum for next season if his team can beat the Buckeyes this weekend and earn a BCS at-large bid. As good as that accomplishment would be, bigger and better things await Michigan in 2012.
[ED:BISB - Too much paywalled content. Trimmed back]