Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
I have been called a homer for the Wolverines after selecting them for both the top fanbase and helmet in college football, but I attempt to call it like it is.
Michigan’s Brady Hoke and his staff (Greg Mattison, Al Borges) did the best job in college in my eyes (Stanford, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, LSU and Alabama, too) last season, but they were fortunate to achieve the success that they did.
The schedule was friendly, and they prevailed in many close games (see: ND, OSU, VT). They simply will not be able to maintain in 2012.
Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State’s defenses are awfully stingy, and there is a decent chance they lose four of those five games.
I look at them going 9-4 (maybe 8-5 at worst) when their postseason bowl is complete, but many have them playing in Pasadena even though they likely will finish third behind both Michigan State and Nebraska (Yes, I watched them obliterate them last year).
A 9-4 season would likely result in a Top 15 finish, but that would fall well short of a potential Top Five finish that some envision.
Denard Robinson has been one hell of a quarterback (some compare him to Charlie Ward), but the pieces around him will not be nearly as productive as they were last season, based on the abysmal slate they have in front of them.