Michigan will be _ - _ in FB next year

Submitted by 1464 on January 2nd, 2013 at 2:20 PM

 

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09/07/13
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09/14/13
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10/12/13
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10/19/13
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10/26/13
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11/02/13
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11/09/13
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11/16/13
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11/23/13
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11/30/13
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12/07/13

Big Ten

Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
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(stolen from http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-13/big-ten/2013-michigan-wolverines-football-schedule.php )

 

College football is unofficially officially over, especially on this site.  Let me be the first of many posters to make this thread.  What are your way too early predictions for next year? This year went as many posters predicted.  We had a better football team but a lesser record. 

I would really like to establish a QB with an arm.  I loved Denard, but seeing him tear it up at RB opened my eyes to the fact that he still would have been Denard at any position.  He should have been on the field for the final kickoff return of the game as well.  Hell, maybe he shoulda been out there for all of them.

I think that next year will be a good year for the Wolverines.  I still think that 2015-2016 is when we are reaping the fruits of this recruiting, so I cannot call us world beaters next year, but we should be the front runner to get to the BTCG.  Kinnick is a hard place to play, but Iowa is a tire fire.  Sparty gon' Spart.  We are likely looking at Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio as defining our season.  We CAN win all those games.  We should win at least one of them.  I think that if we get a lot luck, we can go 13-0, as there are no huge threats on our schedule.  I see that 13-0 as being the same as ND or OSU this year.  Those were very soft unbeaten schedules (one of them will be cut short in a few days).  I can also reasonably see us losing 3 games, at 9-3.  So that is my likely range, and going off the schedule, the conference, the recruiting, and the players coming back, I don't see that as being overly optimistic.

Comments

Class of 1817

January 2nd, 2013 at 5:33 PM ^

We play Penn State and Sparty away, I can see us possibly splitting based on...football-ness.

I don't see Hoke suddently losing 2 home games in one season...maybe one. Maybe none.

So that's two poential losses, call them 1/2s...making us 11-1, or 10-2 in the non-conceptual world.

We win the Big Ten Championship game to go 12-1/11-2 and get positioned to play a major BCSpower in a major BCSbowlgame for Hoke's first chance to take on an elite team with a squad of his own slightly-seasoned recruits...

Brady will get his second 11(+?)-win season at Meeeeeeeeeechigan.

Short answer made long and presented as a pair:

12-2 or 11-3.

Go Blue.

jethro34

January 2nd, 2013 at 5:40 PM ^

I may change my answer to 11-1.  I thought ND and OSU were the likely losses.  Looking at the two teams, ND will struggle next year.  They lose a lot of players.  OSU, unfortunately, will probably be even better next year.  What little they lose is replaced by possibly better players at many spots.

E. Gordon Gee

January 2nd, 2013 at 5:43 PM ^

I see one of two things happening this year for the rivalry game.

1. The winner will go to Indy as both teams will need the win

or

2. Ohio State and Michigan  will be on a collision course to play in Indy after The Game? Any thoughts or disagreemenst about this...

Bobby Boucher

January 2nd, 2013 at 5:52 PM ^

I think a lot will depend on whether or not Gorgeous Borges can fix the run game.  If Green comes in and lights things up or if one of the current RBs decides maybe to perhaps step it up a couple hundred notches, then I see a great season.  Also, I think a lot will depend on whether or not Countess can make a comeback and contribute.  I'm not overly impressed with the Taylor-Avery combo.  If these things can come to pass then we make it to the Rose Bowl.  If not, I think 9-3 is plausible.

Don

January 2nd, 2013 at 7:11 PM ^

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.

funkywolve

January 3rd, 2013 at 1:51 AM ^

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.

B-Nut-GoBlue

January 2nd, 2013 at 7:37 PM ^

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.

MGoCombs

January 2nd, 2013 at 8:26 PM ^

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.

ChopBlock

January 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 PM ^

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.

Purkinje

January 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 PM ^

We have a better shot at 14-0 than we had when we went 11-2 last year, and definitely better than when we went 8-5 against The Mayan Apocalypse Schedule. I can't see a way we do worse than 8-5 again, and that would surprise the hell out of me.

My head says 11-1 regular season, which also surprises me. (So long as we don't drop a game we should win.) I see two games as toss-ups (ND and Ohio), but I can't believe that either of them will be better than they were this year, and we nearly beat them both on the road. I'd be surprised to see Nebraska win in Ann Arbor, barring another Denard-injury calibur thing.

EDIT: tl;dr ME SURPRISED BUT I SEE 10 WINS AND 2 TOSS-UPS

twgolf19

January 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 PM ^

But 11-1 or 10-2 at worst going into the championship game.  Dantonio will suck it, Nebraska will not be as good, nor will ND.  Hell, maybe 12-0 regular season!!!  Hail!

Buck Killer

January 2nd, 2013 at 11:21 PM ^

Not to be a dick, but a great schedule and a little luck is all we need. It's amateur football, and our D will curb stomp bitches. We get Countess back and some great DB recruits. The SEC is not dominant as they once were. It's go time!

AMazinBlue

January 3rd, 2013 at 12:28 AM ^

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,

15-0 in 2014 National Champions!  Book It!!

Vote_Crisler_1937

January 3rd, 2013 at 10:11 AM ^

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.