But doesn't Michigan also technically lose the Spring Game as well? So wouldn't your prediction be 15-1?
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Good point. Darn you!
Losses to ND, MSU, and OSU. Fanbase will be in full meltdown mode by end of season, and not just because of the continuing string of idiot clowniformz.
Why ask? Just wait for THE_KNOWLEDGE to return from the future and tell us what happens
But I see us winning out! Maybe worst case we lose one random game but still make the MNC
If we lose one game next year we're not making the title game. Conference as a whole will be way too weak.
There's not going to be a ton of depth but I think there could be some good teams. OSU will probably be preseason Top 10, if not Top 5. Northwestern went 10-3 (and lead going into the 4th quarter in the 3 losses) and returns a good amount of people. Nebraska will probably be solid. From there it really depends on what schools like Minny, MSU and Indiana can do. It's definitely not going to unseat the SEC as the best conference, but i think the potential is there for it to be stronger than it was this year.
The big issue will be non-conference play. While the Big Ten wasn't that good this year, they took it on the chin in non-conference play - a lot of losses (some of those to MAC schools) and a number of close wins against mid-major schools. Fair or not, how a conference does in the non-conference slate goes a long way in determining people's perception of that conference.
12-1 , split with Ohio in the game and b10 Championship game. Who knows who we draw in a bowl game.
Count me as a member of the 14-0 club. There isn't a game on the schedule we shouldn't win.
10-2 playing in the BTCG against Ohio State (rematch, yayyy).
Losses to Penn State and Northwestern. The BTCG is a toss-up.
Rose Bowl or Capital One Bowl birth.
Even with our new O-Line, 9-3 or worse would be a dissapointment IMO (given that the big games are at home).
I think we start 5-0. ND at home should be a win next year. I think the next 7 get hairy. I think we should go 4-3. I think 9-3 is fairly conservative. Unfortunately, if those losses are in conference we probably don't make the BTCG. Here's to hoping I'm wrong and we go 14-0.
116-36, ties the Cubs for the best record in history. Obviously.
But seriously: I say 3 losses:
1) Notre Dame. Early season game for us breaking in a lot of new pieces and switching offensive systems. The O-line won't have gelled by that point like it will have later in the season and might struggle against ND's front seven. ND will be competent-to-strong, even though their Return To Glory will fall flat on its face next week
2) Ohio. In all the years that I've been old enough to be sufficiently sports-conscious, Michigan has won 4 times. Also Junior Braxton Miller is going to be a handful, to say the least.
3) Wildcard game: Seems like we always do this once a season. This year, the Ulnar Nerve reared its ugly head. Last year, it was Iowa. I could see a few defensive breakdowns at a key time making Nebraska a heartbreaker or something
9-3 regular season, The Weightroom division champions. I'll refrain from speculating further.
I think they're going to be better next year. They return a ton of people (hankins and simon are big losses though) and they'll be in their second year of a new offensive system.
in the regular season, a re-match against OSU in the B1G Championship game and then Rose Bowl victory over Stanford for a glorious 12-2 record,
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The pessimist in me says 13-1, but I am gonna say 14-0 with the closest margin of victory being 14 points.
Why does UM have two open dates?
Because there happens to be a rare five Saturdays in November next year, the season gets an extra week and everybody in the B1G gets two bye weeks.
Most notably, Northwestern gets two weeks of prep before their game against us.
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Until I see something to make me project otherwise, my default pick will be 9-3 with a 50-50 chance of winning a bowl.
wearing these uniforms for the ND game.
They'll also probably go 9-3.
This thread is really tempting fate with the, "Brady Hoke doesn't lose at home" stuff. I don't mean to be a downer but Im still grieving from the, "our safeties don't give up long touchdowns" line in Brian's bowl prediction thread.
Michigan is building something great but it takes time and 18-22 yo kids are a challenge to keep focused. I say 9-4. 6-2 in the BIG.
Oh and on the subject of wins next year I'm thinking 11-1 with NW being the only loss, but we'll see UM in the B10 championship game