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Michigan's Win More Than Just a W In The Record Column

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez enters the stadium with his team prior to playing the Western Michigan Broncos on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Russ HartleyContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

Week 1: Michigan vs. Western Michigan

With the Big House packed and the hope of a new and different season filling the stadium, the Wolverines didn't disappoint.

Many classified this opener as a "must win" and they needed this win, not just for their record, but to set the tone for this season.

With all the recent NCAA violation allegations and investigations, U of M needed to remind not just their own fans, but the nation that they are Michigan.

A team, a school, and a program that is among the nation's best every year.

Now don't get carried away, Michigan didn't just beat Ohio St., they beat Western Michigan.

Yes a bowl team last year, but not a ranked opponent.

Still for Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines to go up 21-0 early and to dominate the entire game, was huge for the program. Words can even describe how big this was for U of M. If Michigan doesn't win, then they had lost their last three home openers, and Rich Rod's job security will be questioned.

But they didn't lose.

This offense was terrible last year, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you that.

Tate Forcier had three TD's and over 180 yards passing.

He connected with Junior Hemingway twice in the endzone. He also managed to find TE K. Koger wide open for a TD. QB Denard Robinson had a 40+ yard TD run and impressed the nation with his speed.

I mean the guy fumbled the snap and still outran the defense.

With Brandon Minor out, the freshman quarterbacks looked magnificent.

The most improvement I saw today, was from the defense.

They were a disappointment last year, but today played like a usual Wolverine defense, Letting up only 79 yards in the first half and holding the Broncos to -2 yards rushing in the first two quarters combined.

CB Cissoko intercepted WMU's Hiller and the d-line kept pressure on the QB all game. DT Mike Martin had a sack and some TFL against the Bronco offense today as well.

Like I said, Michigan set a tone with this victory. If they win next week, vs Notre Dame, the Wolverines could be looking at a possible 4-0 record going to East Lansing.

The biggest part of this win, is that it answered a lot of questions, such as how the defense will perform, and the QB situation. And best of all, it gave a great feeling back to the University of Michigan's fans.....hope.

Michigan 31    Western Michigan 7

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*Russ Hartley is the Host of "Yung Gunz Sports" and can be reached at YGSpodcast@gmail.com

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