Along with the Michigan Wolverines staying alive in the Legends Division race, Saturday's 35-13 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers may have been a glimpse into the future.
Quarterback Devin Gardner, who substituted for ailing senior Denard Robinson, may have guaranteed himself the job in 2013.
In the lineup with Gardner next fall will be a variety of young backs to complement Fitz Toussaint, who will return for his final season. Powerback Thomas Rawls, and speedsters Justice Hayes and Dennis Norfleet, will bring versatility to the evolving pro-style offense.
On defense, youngsters like Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan and Raymon Taylor already play at a high level. Next year, you'll see more of freshmen Joe Bolden, Jerrod Wilson and Ondre Pipkins, along with the return of cornerback Blake Countess, who will spend the remainder of 2012 recovering from a knee injury.
With the win over Minnesota (5-4, 1-4), Michigan (6-3, 4-1) picked up its second piece of hardware in the last three weeks. The Wolverines took back the Paul Bunyan Trophy with their win over Michigan State, then retained the Little Brown Jug in Minneapolis.
Let's take a look at some of the winners and losers from Saturday's victory: