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The problem for Michigan last year wasn't putting points on the scoreboard with its offense; it was keeping the other guys off the scoreboard with its defense. The Wolverines ranked 108th nationally in points allowed per game.
Due to this abomination of a defense, Michigan brought in the defensive-minded Brady Hoke to be its new head coach. Luckily for Hoke, the cupboard is far from bare on the defensive side of the ball. Since 2008, Michigan has brought in 19 defensive players who were rated as four-star recruits or better by Rivals.com.
It appears as though the issues on defense were not a lack of talent, but rather a lack of quality coaching. If Hoke can turn the defense around, he will be pairing it with an offense that put up over 32 points per game last season.
Even though Hoke will be moving to a more traditional pro-style offense, I get the feeling he will find a way to take advantage of Denard Robinson's immense talent, while perhaps not putting him in harm's way quite so often.
I believe the Wolverines will get off to a slow start as they adjust to their new coach in 2011, but by the time Nebraska visits Ann Arbor, the Maze and Blue should be running on all cylinders. All things considered, it adds up to a second conference loss for the Huskers.
Predicted Score: Michigan 38, Nebraska 34