Michigan Football: Denard Robinson Will Lead Wolverines to Paul Bunyan Trophy

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 20, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 13:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a second quarter touchdown while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It's been a long time since Ann Arbor got to host the Paul Bunyan Trophy, but the University of Michigan's four-year drought will end on Saturday afternoon.

That's because Denard Robinson isn't going to let his college career end without a win over Michigan State.

Robinson's senior season hasn't been anything close to what he had hoped, as the No. 23 Wolverines have fallen a long way since being ranked No. 8 in the AP and USA Today polls.

It's not as if Robinson has been bad for the Wolverines this season, but rather that he hasn't been among the nation's best quarterbacks, which, fair or not, is the standard he set for himself during his first three seasons at Michigan.

Sure, he's had his good games, but he's offset those with ugly outings against Alabama and Notre Dame, as he threw a combined six interceptions in those two contests.

However, Robinson, currently 10th in the nation in rushing yards, will gain some degree of redemption on Saturday against the Spartans because for schools like the University of Michigan, wins against hated rivals like Michigan State are almost more important than victories over ranked opponents.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, Robinson's ability to find seams and turn them into big runs will be too much for MSU's highly-touted defense to handle.

And luckily for Robinson, the Spartans' offense won't make it very difficult for him to bring back the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

Though Michigan's offense has been wildly inconsistent, Robinson has game-breaking ability that no Spartan can match and regardless of whether it's with his feet or his arm, he'll will the Wolverines to victory on Saturday.

It's been four years since Michigan's won the Paul Bunyan Trophy, but Robinson will make sure that his last game against Michigan State is his best.