Official B/R Preseason Top 25

Welcome Back, College Football

Michigan Football Team Has Several Holes to Fill for Return Trip to BCS

« Prev
1 of 10
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
Michigan Football Team Has Several Holes to Fill for Return Trip to BCS
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Michigan defeated Virginia Tech 23-20 in the Sugar Bowl last season, but several key players won't be back for Team 133's run to the BCS.

Wake up. It's the first of the month, and there are exactly four months (121 days) left until the first college football Saturday of 2012.

The spring season has come to a close. Official spring practices are over, and fans' opportunities to get their first look at their favorite college football team has come and gone.

But this is the time when good teams become great. This is when some of the hardest work gets done by players and coaches to prepare for the grind that is college football.

Last season, Michigan earned its first trip to the Bowl Championship Series since the 2007 Rose Bowl, and won its first BCS game since a 2000 Orange Bowl win over Alabama.

This year, with their highest preseason expectations in recent memory, the Wolverines open against the vaunted Crimson Tide Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Defeating the defending BCS National Champions will be a herculean task, but before Michigan looks at a single second of Alabama game film, the Wolverines need to address several departures from last season's 11-2 team.

Here are eight players Michigan needs to replace, and the potential candidates that will fill those voids:

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow Michigan Wolverines Football from B/R on Facebook

Follow Michigan Wolverines Football from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Michigan Wolverines Football

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.