I was listening to Bill is King online when he had Phil Steele as a guest. Someone eventually called up and asked him to break down what he thought of the wolverines chances in conference play. I'm sure this is not news to anyone that buys his magazine, but it's food for thought to the rest of us.
Link http://team247.podbean.com/ click on hr2 of Aug 26 (about 35 minute mark)
Quick breakdown of what he said.
He likes what Hoke is doing. Hoke will have to defense turned around quickly. He thinks it takes about 2 years to really install the pro offense (new blocking schemes, QB needs to learn how to take snaps from under center etc.). Expects Denard to take snaps from shotgun 30% of the time. Hoke needs the athletes on defense.
The schedule is tough. Does not expect UM to get 4 big ten wins. UM may be underdogs for the away games at NW, MSU, Iowa, Illinois. We are probably underdogs for NEB and OSU as well. We will probably need 2 or even 3 upsets to top 4 big ten wins.
Sounds like he is not too high on Michigan this year, but he does end his response by saying that he expects UM to be one of the favorites for the Legends division next year.