Michigan Football: Why the Wolverines Can Contend for a National Title in 2012

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Michigan Football: Why the Wolverines Can Contend for a National Title in 2012

What Brady Hoke did for the Michigan Wolverines in 2011 has many fans exhilarated, and for good reason. In Hoke's first season, he led the Wolverines to only their fifth 11-win season in program history, the first win over Ohio State in seven years and the first BCS victory in 12 years.

With that said, there is no reason to believe that Hoke, who just landed a top-10 recruiting class, couldn't lead the Michigan Wolverines to a national championship in 2012.

Hoke's entire staff that he assembled going into 2011 remains intact (primarily Al Borges and Greg Mattison), his players are a year more experienced, and he has more depth coming in from his 2012 recruiting class.

It will certainly not be an easy ride for the Wolverines, with games versus Alabama (to open the season), Notre Dame, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State. The Wolverines, though, have the potential to bring the first national championship back to Ann Arbor since 1997, and here's why.

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