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Okay, Michigan fans, you've been patient enough. Let's talk about the "resurgent" Wolverines.
Before you go plant yourself in a small seat in The Big House, here's some words: "Never assume."
You may have the most impressive set of returning offensive weapons in the nation, but you still must learn how to win important road games.
You may have the most inspiring head football coach in the Big Ten conference, but he can't tackle opponents or avoid costly turnovers.
Number of Returning Starters: 15 (Offense, 8; Defense, 7)
Maybe it's me but Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (pictured) and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint remind me of Batman and Robin. There's no doubt that Robinson is the marquee player, but Toussaint doesn't seem to mind being the sidekick.
The Wolverine offense has a nice set of receivers and four linemen returning next year.
Defensively, Michigan will get strong play at linebacker and in the secondary.
Unless my chart is wrong, Michigan has only one starter on defensive line that will be back in 2012. A Wolverine game may turn into a track meet if they can't stop the run next season.
Unless U of M polishes their passing game, opponents may "load up the box" to contain the Wolverine running game.
Brady Hoke took the team he inherited from Rich Rodriguez and made them winners. Given a tough schedule, he will be hard pressed to go 10-2 again. But Hoke has enough firepower to edge out Michigan State and Nebraska for the Legends Division title.