Well, it's been an interesting year since this time last year for us Michigan folks. Two horriffic losses to open the season, a rain soaked loss to OSU with our starting QB and RB banged up, and a redemption of sorts vs a Florida team that, frankly, we had no business playing in the post season (and yet we BEAT OUR SEC team!!
). Then the whole retirement, the courting of Les Miles (who I would rather have seen come to Michigan...the guy sure seems to know how to beat OSU!
), and the eventual hire of Rich Rodriguez away from a fan base at WVU that was behaving much like Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction. WHEW!! What a ride!!
I will be VERY interested in how they do this year. They are green as can be at QB, though I don't necessarily buy off on the whole "he doesn't have the QB for his system" thing. The OL has talent, but they are young, devoid of experience and banged up to boot... which doesn't bode well for whomever wins the battle of the little green horn and starts at QB. That said, the D is going to be strong this year. I also feel like their level of conditioning will be improved, thanks to Mike Barwis (has anyone read about this guy...he's a VERY interesting cat!!).
I put the over/under at 8 games, before the bowl game. Key games will be #1 vs Utah, #3 at Notre Dame, the annual bru-ha-ha vs Michigan State, and of course the regular season finale in Columbus. It will, if nothing else, be an interesting season (hopefully not along the lines of the old Chinese curse).