As we head into the season, I'd like to share a perspective. What do the great (or at least very good) seasons of 1985 (10-1-1), 1997 (12-0), 2006 (11-2) and 2011 (11-2) have in common?
Answer: They were all preceded by crappy seasons. 1984 (6-6), 1996 (8-4), 2005 (7-5), 2010 (7-6).
The media (and a lot of fans) think that the previous system is predictive of what will happen in the next season. I claim that is not true. Want more examples? OSU was 6-7 in 2011 before going 12-0 in 2012. MSU was 6-7 in 2009 before going 11-2 in 2010. They were 7-6 in 2012 before going 13-1 in 2013.
Michigan is going to throw more 4 star (or more) players with at least three years of experience on the field than anybody in the B1G except for OSU. They have a fifth year QB. The defense is deep and loaded with experienced talent.
I'll admit to having my concerns regarding Brady Hoke's ceiling as a head coach. However, Michigan has an OC and DC who have won National Championships in the recent past. They know what is required to get the job done.
I'm shocked, SHOCKED, to see how many people who are ready to concede the MSU game this year. Another history lessson.......No Michgan coach (not named Rich Rodriquez) has lost consecutive games to Sparty in the last 40+ years! There's no reason that has to change this year. I don't even care that the game is being played in EL.
There is plenty of reason to be optimistic this season.....until the results show us otherwise.