There are three days left until the first college football Saturday of 2012, and the Michigan Wolverines are coming off their best season since 2006, when they went into the last game of the season undefeated and No. 2 in the country.
The Wolverines finished that season 11-2, and after a complete revival, Michigan finished last season with the same 11-2 mark, defeating Ohio State and winning the Sugar Bowl.
Michigan enters the 2012 campaign with high expectations, ranked No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today preseason polls.
The Wolverines face the toughest schedule they have had in recent memory with six games away from Ann Arbor, including the vaunted season opener against the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
Michigan is a heavy underdog against the Tide at the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 1, but the Wolverines should be favorites in almost all of their remaining games.
Here are the eight games Michigan must win to have any chance of returning to a BCS bowl this season.