Will Michigan Football Be Back To Its Winnings Ways This Season?

John ZimmermanContributor IJune 30, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 30:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to the play during the game aganst the Utah Utes on August 30, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

As we get deeper into a hot and humid summer, we also get closer to the beginning of a new college football season.

We are just 67 days from kickoff at the Big House in Ann Arbor on September 5th. Coming off the heels of a 3-9 season, Michigan Football is looking to restore its name among the elite of college football.

While the first game may only be against Western Michigan, a mid-major team from the MAC, I am incredibly excited and anxious to see how the Wolverines perform in their second season under head coach Rich Rodriguez. Michigan's head man has made it clear that this is a new and different team from a year ago.

After the worst season in Michigan's storied history, Rodriguez better have his team ready to go Week One in Ann Arbor. Not even one full season under his belt, and fans were already wanting him gone last season. He stressed the importance of patience, but the supporters of Michigan Football know nothing but winning ways and success.

"3-9 just isn't Michigan," one alumni stated. "This is a winning program. That's what we've done and what we will continue to do, win."

11 National Championships and over 40 Big Ten titles is not something every program can claim. Michigan can.

They've won the big games, they've played the best, and they've beat the best.

They hold a 25-5 record in arguably the strongest conference in football, the South Eastern Conference (SEC), including a 41-35 thriller in the 2008 Capitol One Bowl over Heisman-winner Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.

Michigan has also produced the only defensive player to win the Heisman, Charles Woodson, who was a cornerback on the 1997 National Championship team.

Ann Arbor has also been the college grounds for NFL players such as Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, the aforementioned Charles Woodson, Anthony Thomas, Dahani Jones, Desmond Howard, Steve Breaston, and many more.

Rich Rodriguez is aware of the Michigan legacy and it is his job to keep the legacy alive. September 5th is his first opportunity to show to the nation that he has the Wolverines back on the path to success. It's his chance to show the nation this isn't a losing team and that last seasons' disappointment is gone for good.

The 67-day countdown marks the beginning of not only a new season, but the true beginning of a new era.