It's ESPN Insider, but I'm going to include the Michigan section here. Steele's a bit full of himself and everyone on every board hates every announcer (excl. Gus Johnson) / writer (excl. Grantland) / sideline reporter (excl. that blonde on ESPN) ever, but Steele was fairly accurate re. Michigan in 2012. With most putting us squarely in the Top 10, he saw the tough schedule and road games and saw a drop from 11-2.
Well he sees that reversing in 2013. Nothing particularly revelatory for this board, but confirms many thoughts presented here on next year's prospects. Other teams noted are TCU, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, and USC.
Also, for those who HATEARGHHATEHIM Jay Bilas, he just said Michigan is the best offensive team in the country, and can win the national championship.
After a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech capped off an 11-2 2011 season, expectations were high coming into this season for the Wolverines, who were ranked in the preseason AP top 10. I rated them lower than most as their schedule was very difficult, with games against Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all coming on the road. Michigan would end up losing all four of those games (those teams combined for a 46-4 record), as well as its bowl game against South Carolina. However, while the Wolverines will have to replace record-setting quarterback Denard Robinson, I think Michigan fans will be in for a much better season in 2013. It starts with the schedule, as the Crimson Tide fall off and are replaced by Central Michigan, while Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all travel to the Big House, where Brady Hoke is a perfect 14-0 in his first two seasons as head coach. Keep in mind the Wolverines lost to the Irish and Buckeyes by a combined 12 points thanks to costly turnovers, and were trailing the Cornhuskers by a single point before Robinson's injury, which could have been a blessing in disguise, as it got backup quarterback Devin Gardner a couple of starts under his belt. Look for the offense to make major strides with a legitimate passing attack, and the defense will continue to be stout for coordinator Greg Mattison. Hoke will also welcome in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. I fully expect Michigan to top its win total from 2012.