We've come to the end of the road with our talk of all things Michigan Wolverines football, that's right folks, it's time that we stop dragging our feet and put our money where our mouth is as we here at TheB1GTime tell you exactly what we think will go down for the Maize 'N Blue in 2013.
So, without further ado here are our staff predictions:
Andy Coppens: Michigan has had two seasons under Brady Hoke and yet we are wondering exactly what this team will be like. 2011 was a revelation, making the Sugar Bowl, while 2012 was a slap of reality to the face, making the Outback Bowl. In 2013 this team needs to be more of the 2011 variety if they want a prayer of making it to Indy for the Big Ten championship game. Not having Shoelace on this team is going to help a lot of areas offensively, but the question for me is if the defense can hold up. There are a few too many questions for me to pick this team to win the division, but I'm going to go out on the limb and pick them anyway.
Prediction: (10-2, 6-2)
Tim Bamford: Michigan is primed for a big year, but not on their own merit or talent. I have absolutely no faith in Nebraska or Northwestern and I think the Wolverines will end up in Indy by default. UM's success this year hinges on 3 games: @ PSU, vs. Nebraska and home to Ohio.
Brady Hoke's stacked recruiting classes need to start paying dividends. There is a lot of unproven & raw talent on both sides of the ball and it will be interesting to see how those players step up.
If they beat NEB they'll be 10-2 (6-2) and playing in Indy, if they lose to NEB they'll be 9-3 (5-3) and somehow still end up in Indy because… It's Michigan.
They lose to both PSU & OSU in both scenarios.
Will Nahikian: Michigan has really established themselves after firing Rich Rodriguez and hiring Brady Hoke, while completing back-to-back winning seasons in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 the Wolverines run into a much tougher B1G schedule than they have faced in the past, which will eventually result in some Michigan losses. As Tim mentioned, the Wolverines play @Penn St, vs. Nebraska and vs. Ohio State. They also travel to East Lansing for a rivalry game and Evanston against a good Northwestern team. Michigan will have a great year with Devin Gardner at quarterback, but I don’t believe 2013 will be that year. The B1G schedule would give almost any team nightmares and I am not too sure that the Wolverines will win all the games that they should.
Prediction: (8-4, 4-4 B1G)