A series of intriguing events has guaranteed that the upcoming Michigan football season will be a memorable one.
First, the Big 10 Conference expanded to 12 teams by adding Big 12 power, Nebraska. Now the league can follow other major conferences by holding a championship game in early December.
Second, the Wolverines completed a three-year nightmare with a 52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl, thus paving the way for the departure of embattled coach, Rich Rodriguez.
Third, Michigan's hiring of Brady Hoke may have been a surprise to some, but the former Wolverine assistant has already won over the Michigan faithful—and he hasn't even won his first game.
Fourth, the biggest bombshell has been the carnage in Columbus. Gone is head coach Jim Tressel, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and even the 2010 victory over Michigan.
What's worse, the NCAA has taken up residence at the school down south. Next month, the Ohio State brass will face the NCAA's wrath.
Also intriguing is Michigan's first-ever night game at the Big House. Add a national television audience and a resurgent Notre Dame team and it should be quite a night.
Also on the non-conference schedule is Hoke's former team, San Diego State.
Michigan, of course, must travel to East Lansing for a battle with the upstart Spartans. The regular season concludes at home with Nebraska and the already tarnished Ohio State Buckeyes..
Taking all of this into consideration, let's see how the Wolverines do in 2011.