The Michigan Wolverines open their 2012 season Sept. 1 against the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in one of the most-anticipated—if not the most anticipated—games of the fall.
That's regardless of level.
The Wolverines versus the Tide is a major matchup, and a loss by either team could all but take it out of national title contention this season.
While Alabama is favored to win, the Wolverines could pull off a huge upset if they execute a clean game plan. Some expect a blowout in Alabama's favor, while others feel Michigan could keep the game tight into the late stages.
As college football fans eagerly await kickoff Sept. 1, why not take a look at the Wolverines' past season-openers. Games like 2002's duel with Washington was a classic way to start the year. Michigan's loss to Appalachian State in 2007 was an absolute shocker, and Denard Robinson put up gigantic numbers during 2010's 30-10 win over Connecticut.
We'll go through each opener since that Washington game, all the way to last year's rain and lightning-ridden contest against Western Michigan.
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