Michigan Football: Why Wolverines Are a Lock to Win Big Ten Legends Division

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2012

Denard Robinson is only a piece of the puzzle for Michigan football
Denard Robinson is only a piece of the puzzle for Michigan footballJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines are off to what looks like a mediocre 3-2 start. However, believe it or not, the team is in the best position to win the Big Ten Legends Division.

Anyone can have the best offense or defense, but it means nothing if they can't play together to get the wins.

With seven games left to play, the Wolverines are tied for first in the Legends Division with a 1-0 division record.

There's obviously a lot of football to be played, but Michigan is right where they should be. They've put themselves in a great position to win the division, now all they have to do is make it happen.


Look at Who Michigan Has Played

Losing two out of the first five games sounds like it could spell trouble, but not when those two games were against two of the best teams in the country.

The Wolverines lost their season opener to the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are currently the No. 1 team in the country. They also lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the No. 7 team in the country.

Sounds pretty acceptable to me.

Great defenses are what have slowed Michigan down this year, but they have a real opportunity to gain something from those losses.

Alabama and Notre Dame boast top-three defenses. Playing them early has helped to prepare the Wolverines for the rest of their season.

Of the remaining teams on their schedule, only Michigan State and Iowa are ranked in the top 25 in points given up.

Michigan doesn't really play against too tough of a defense for the rest of the year.

Sure, losing two early games wasn't any fun, but they'll look back on them as the biggest educational moments of the season.


Look at Who's on Michigan's Team

It goes without saying that Denard Robinson is one of the most electrifying players in college football.

That doesn't mean that the team doesn't have anybody else though.

Michigan's former backup quarterback and newly converted wide receiver, Devin Gardner, is having a crazy year at his new position.

To date he has racked up 266 yards and four touchdowns on 13 receptions. That's the definition of efficient.

The Wolverines also have a big play cornerback in Raymon Taylor. Taylor's 63-yard interception for a touchdown put Michigan up by 21 points and allowed them to never look back.

He's now at two interceptions on the season and is the anchor for Michigan's No. 7 ranked pass defense.

Michigan clearly has the players to beat anybody, now it's all about putting it together.