Michigan Football: Highlighting Key Games on Wolverines' Quest for Big Ten Title

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Michigan Football: Highlighting Key Games on Wolverines' Quest for Big Ten Title
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Brady Hoke clearly has the Wolverines on the rise.

Brady Hoke has the Michigan Wolverines on the brink of a Big Ten championship.

After going 11-2 in his inaugural campaign and winning the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech, Hoke finished 8-5 last season. Interestingly enough, the team had a 6-2 conference record as the Wolverines dropped games to Alabama and Notre Dame prior to conference play.

In short, there's no reason to feel disappointed when two non-Big Ten losses came against the BCS national title participants.

Entering the 2013 college football season, Michigan reels in another excellent recruiting class and isn't getting hurt regarding the NFL draft.

Hoke's team ranks No. 2 on Scout.com and No. 5 on Rivals.com for this year's class rankings.

Even better, Wolverines fans found out in early January that offensive tackle Taylor Lewan plans to return for his senior season, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com:

The junior All-American left tackle announced Wednesday he will turn down certain NFL riches to return for his senior season with the Wolverines.

"When you really go into detail about it and think and take the time to sit down, turn your phone off and think to yourself about all the things that are best for you, there was no doubt in my mind I have to return to the University of Michigan."

As a result, the journey to a conference title becomes a smoother path for the residents of Ann Arbor, MI this fall.

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