Why Michigan Football Will Struggle to Win 7 Games

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Why Michigan Football Will Struggle to Win 7 Games
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The Michigan Wolverines have hobbled through the first two weeks of the 2012 season

Should the Michigan Wolverines continue to hobble through the 2012 college football season, they'll surely struggle to win seven games.

Forget about being a one-loss team and competing for a BCS National Championship, the 17th-ranked Wolverines (1-1) could find themselves battling for bowl eligibility if they don't right their ship—and quickly.

The Wolverines host the Massachusetts Minutemen at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at The Big House in Ann Arbor.

While it's only Week 3—and the term "trap game" is tirelessly used—the Wolverines' matchup with UMass could be a turning point this fall: A win would obviously give Michigan confidence, while a loss to an opponent like UMass would be detrimental. 

Will the Wolverines live up to expectations, compete for a Big Ten title and earn a respectable BCS bowl-bid, or will they fight for their lives each and every week and walk away from this season as disappointed seven-game winners?

That scenario may sound like a bleak forecast, but it's certainly possible if Michigan maintains its current pace.

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