Sept. 1 is just under four months away, and though that's a long time for college football fans, it's nowhere nearly enough time for the Michigan Wolverines to prepare for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
That is why Michigan is getting started right now, according to AL.com. Though players cannot officially begin practice yet other than brushing up their skills on their own, the coaches are already burning the midnight oil.
Unfortunately for Michigan, the Tide have just as much time to prepare. One of Nick Saban's greatest strengths is preparing for games.
Michigan will give it its all in preparations as well as on the field, as Alabama will be its toughest opponent in 2012, the Big Ten title game included (should Michigan get that far).
However, Michigan is not the toughest opponent on the Tide's 2012 schedule, and the Tide are more than capable of defeating anyone on their schedule, so here are 10 reasons why Alabama will start its 2012 season with a win.