The Michigan football team has mixed feelings about its upcoming matchup with South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on January 1.
Sure, playing in postseason bowls is gratifying, but the Wolverines' chief goal is nothing short of a Big Ten title.
And the Wolverines are closer to that than you might think.
A favorable schedule and new offensive philosophy should net the Wolverines their first Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth since 2007.
Granted, Michigan was far from winning even the Legends Division this season, let alone matching up with Big Ten champ Wisconsin.
Next season, however, will begin to tell the story of coach Brady Hoke's regime.
The lineup will be loaded with Hoke's own recruits, and the offense will finally transition to a pro-style attack.
Let's take a further look at why Michigan will be playing in Pasadena during New Year's week, 2014.