The general consensus among both national sports writers and college football fans is that Michigan will not be able to repeat last year's 11-2 record. After all, the Wolverines were a major surprise in 2011 and the schedule was quite favorable.
There is no doubt that the 2012 schedule is much more challenging for the Wolverines and there are many questions that surround the team for the upcoming season.
Will the defensive line be good enough this year? Will Denard Robinson cut down on interceptions?
These are a few questions that will be soon be answered for college football fans.
At the same time, national sports writers and college football fans cannot deny that Michigan is a team that improved throughout the season last year under the leadership of first-year coach Brady Hoke.
In fact, the Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech marked an unbelievable turnaround for a team whose players were embarrassed a year earlier by Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
Even more so, by the end of the year, Michigan began to resemble in some ways the Wolverine teams that fans once remembered.
They were physical. They played defense. They were coached well and the players responded with tremendous pride.
There is no doubt that Brady Hoke and staff have brought back the swagger to the Michigan program both on the field and in the recruiting department.
This takes us back to the question of whether or not the Wolverines can repeat last year's performance in the face of a tougher schedule.
The following slideshow is a prediction for answering that very question.