But then there's the schedule. Number 1 Bama in Texas. Notre Dame (do you think they owe us one?), OSU, and Nebraska on the road. A very good (at least) MSU team in Ann Arbor, along with an Iowa team that beat us last year. Northwestern and a quirky Air Force team are not pushovers. Nor is an improved Purdue team in West Lafayette. This is a very tough schedule, probably as hard as any team's in the country.
I wanna say, "Well, we will push Bama, but lose a close one, and then just win all the rest." What I do say is that 9-4 would be a very sweet result and nicely set up the transition back to (quasi) power football in 2013--and a more ordinary football life in Ann Arbor, post-Denard.
[Originally published in September, 2012.]