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Michigan is riding high coming off an emotional victory over despised rival Ohio State. Brady Hoke was indeed the right hire for the Wolverines. They are definitely on their way back to national prominence.
First things first, they must finish off this 2011 season with a bowl victory.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will also mark the finale of one of the most unique quarterbacks in recent college football history. Denard Robinson has meant so much to the Michigan program. He has shown Heisman potential many times during his Wolverine career.
In order for Shoelace to ride off into the sunset, he will need all the help he can get from the rest of his offense. Throughout the season, Denard has handled most of the load, throwing for over 2,000 yards and rushing for another 1,100-plus yards.
The supporting cast has been good, but they will need to be great to bring Michigan its first BCS bowl victory since the 2000 Orange Bowl (over Alabama).
Running back Fitz Toussaint has rushed for over 1,000 yards. Down the field, Robinson will look for deep target Junior Hemingway, along with Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon.
If all of Robinson's supporting actors come to New Orleans ready to play, Michigan will take the Sugar Bowl trophy back to Ann Arbor.