Michigan Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season

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Michigan Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Wolverines finished fifth in the B1G Legends Division (7-5, 3-5).

Watching bitter rivals play for a trip to the Rose Bowl this past Saturday must have been bittersweet for the Michigan Wolverines, who, according to preseason hype, were supposed to be in that very position instead of waiting for a middle-of-the-road bowl invite.

The fall didn’t pan out as planned. Michigan finished 7-5 (3-5 Big Ten), with losses to the Spartans, Buckeyes, Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Penn State Nittany Lions.

Another down season takes its toll.

But coach Brady Hoke and his staff have a cupboard brimming with talent. If they can utilize said talent in an effective manner in 2014, there shouldn’t be a reason why the Wolverines won’t compete in the new East Division.

Football is a game of strategy, determination and a few lucky bounces. Team 134 lacked consistency in those departments and fell victim to a few unlucky moments—the Wolverines lost four games by a combined 11 points.

And that sums up 2013 quite nicely.

Team 135 is now the focus, and so is becoming an active participant in the race for Big Ten titles.

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