The Michigan Wolverines will be moving to a more pro-style offense for the 2013-14 season, and that couldn't be better news for the program's national title hopes.
Head coach Brady Hoke has desired such a transition ever since he took over, but was unable to make the switch because he had Denard Robinson behind center. Robinson was never much of a pocket passer and his skills were better suited for a spread offense.
And, of course, that never led to a BCS crown for the Wolverines despite a solid overall career for Robinson.
Devin Gardner will be taking over for Robinson this season, and his talents will enable the Wolverines to run Hoke's offense with success.
Gardner is more of a pocket passer and can make the throws that Robinson couldn't. However, Gardner is still an athletic quarterback with the ability to move around in the pocket to extend plays and can even break a run for positive yardage when the opportunity presents itself.
Jeremy Gallon will be the biggest beneficiary of this new offense. The talented wide receiver has never been able to fully realize his potential with Robinson behind center, but now that Gardner will be airing it out, Gallon should flourish.
Despite being involved in the spread offense, Gallon still compiled 829 yards through the air and four touchdowns. Not only he is a reliable receiver on any down, but Gallon can also make big plays down field, which should help Gardner in throwing the deep ball.
Gallon should be a lock to break the 1,000-yard mark next season and will be in the conversation as one of the best offensive players in the college game today.
The last thing Michigan will need is a running game to help give Gardner some support, and it should have no problem in that department.
Fitzgerald Toussaint was a solid option for the Wolverines last season and gained 514 yards on the ground with five touchdowns. Behind him, Thomas Rawls will no doubt add to Michigan's depth at the position.
Both of those backs can expect to have a better season with the field opening up as a result of a more potent Wolverine passing attack.
So it seems the Wolverines have all the tools necessary to make this work, meaning a national title could be well within their grasp.
If you need evidence that a pro-style attack gives teams a better chance at the ultimate prize in college football, all you have to do is look at past BCS winners.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three of the last four national championships and have done so with an offense that can attack in multiple ways. Supported by a great rushing attack, 'Bama has been able to throw the ball downfield, and that has led to great success.
Even when the Auburn Tigers won the title back in 2010, they had a quarterback in Cam Newton who could throw the ball with accuracy as well as run it. Robinson was only able to complete one of those two important traits.
Granted, that's not to say a national title can't be won in a spread offense, but clearly that hasn't been a recipe for success in Ann Arbor in recent years. This offense will give Michigan a new start and a golden opportunity to get that elusive BCS championship.
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