Michigan Football: 2012 Season Preview for the Wolverines

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Michigan Football: 2012 Season Preview for the Wolverines
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The Michigan Wolverines are primed for a Big Ten title in 2012.

The smell of roses is in the air, if you ask the University of Michigan's football fans.

And if the eighth-ranked Wolverines are to reach the Rose Bowl or better, they'll have to get off to a solid start Sept. 1 against the second-ranked, defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A win or loss Sept. 1 won't make or break the year for Michigan, but there is no doubting that Wolverines' coach Brady Hoke wants to down coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide and use the game as a foundation for the remaining weeks of the fall.

In this slideshow, we'll take a look at the season as a whole, break down important issues, touch on key losses and additions, and talk a little Heisman Trophy as it pertains to Wolverines' senior quarterback Denard Robinson.

Building upon an 11-2 season under Hoke is an obvious goal for Michigan. However, merely winning games won't cut it. Michigan is used to being a national power, and 2012 could be the season that it returns to the forefront of college football.

Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81

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