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The team with the most wins in college football and one of the most storied programs in college sports is on its way back to prominence.
After winning the Sugar Bowl in 2011, things were really looking up for the Maize and Blue after Brady Hoke's first year at the helm. But an up-and-down 2012 season and a loss in the Outback Bowl to South Carolina tempered enthusiasm from the Michigan faithful.
Heading into 2013, there will be quite a bit of turnover at key positions.
Co-captains Jordan Kovacs and Denard Robinson, three members of the offensive line and two on the defensive line among have all graduated. But Gardner looked promising in his five starts to end the year, and the defense was sneakily strong. It ended up as the fifth-ranked passing defense and 20th-ranked scoring defense in the FBS, according to NCAA.com.
Going to the Rose Bowl is always the standard that Michigan teams are measured by, and inside that Michigan locker room you can bet that’s what the team has its sights set on.
Team 134 has a real shot to go back to Pasadena too, but there’s one rather large hurdle looming on November 30th. That’s when Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Buckeyes come to Ann Arbor.
If Michigan can avoid any major bumps in the road before then, which won’t be easy either, that age-old rivalry game will decide a lot more than just bragging rights. I suggest tuning in.