Michigan Football: Explosive Offense Makes Wolverines Favorites to Win Big Ten

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With No. 18 Michigan's showdown with No. 1 Alabama a mere speck in this season's rear-view mirror, the Wolverines can focus their attention to winning a Big Ten Conference Championship this fall.

After all, Brady Hoke's squad should be, if it's not already, the favorite to reign supreme in the Midwest this season based on its unrivaled offensive firepower. Michigan boasts the conference's best quarterback by far in Denard Robinson, an All-American and a Heisman Trophy candidate.

The senior signal-caller currently leads an offense that has improved each week since the start of September. The Wolverines only scored 14 points in their loss to the Crimson Tide, but they scored 31 in their win over Air Force before dropping 63 points on UMass last weekend.

Robinson has been sensational over the last two weeks as well. He has 1,050 total yards and 10 total touchdowns in three games this fall. Although Ohio State's Braxton Miller has similar numbers, his Buckeyes aren't eligible for postseason play in 2012.

That leaves Nebraska, Michigan State and defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin as the only real threats to Michigan in the Big Ten this year. All three teams have lost to lower-ranked or unranked opponents already this season, however. So neither program has looked stellar to start.

Minnesota and Northwestern are both undefeated out of conference, at 3-0, but the Wolverines will get a shot at both of them in November. Last October, Michigan beat both programs by a combined score of 100-24. It's safe to say they will be favored in those two conference clashes.

Michigan's only Big Ten slip-ups last season came at Michigan State and at Iowa. The Wolverines will host both teams in Ann Arbor this fall, however, making them the favorites to avenge their 2011 road defeats.

Not to say that Michigan is a National Championship contender, but the Wolverines are simply the best that the overrated Big Ten has to offer. The conference pales in comparison to the SEC and Pac-12, and hasn't produced a BCS National Champion since Ohio State a decade ago. 

Michigan's explosive offense makes it the favorite to win the Big Ten this season. The conference is weak and the Wolverines are the lone team that can boast both a Heisman Trophy candidate and postseason eligibility in 2012.


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