Michigan Football: Johnny Detroit's Take

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Michigan Football: Johnny Detroit's Take



First off, I sweated my butt off sitting at the "big house" watching the Michigan-Utah game. Despite what anyone tries to say, watching football at Michigan Stadium is ANYTHING but enjoyable. I officially know what cattle must feel like cramped in some truck being shipped off to some meat packaging plant in the hot sun. The spots on the bleachers were established A LONG TIME AGO when people were not so big and fat. Don't get me wrong, seeing college football live is better than any sporting event, but the seating aspect is always a nightmare.

The way I look at Michigan Football is you need to take a few steps back to take a few steps forward. Now, I am going to say something that might offend all the Michigan homers out there, but here goes: You are not an elite football program. There, I said it. Yes, you are probably the most consistently "good program" in the country, but "elite" you are not. Not sure if anyone football team can claim the run Michigan has going to bowl games and having the winning percentage they do over the last 30 years. But, at the same time you can't claim ELITE when you consistently lose 2-4 games every single year and are a coin flip in bowl games (outside of playing the SEC, who Michigan owns). I kept seeing these shirts at the game about "11 National Championships." Sorry Michigan fan, but you have ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, the one from 1997. You can't count titles that were won before World War I or if people went to the game in a horse and buggy. That being said, Michigan is one of the most respected and storied programs in college football.

So with all of this off my chest, I could not be happier with Michigan than I am now. In my lifetime, handing the coach's whistle to another Bo disciple has ensured Michigan will lose the standard couple games despite being factored into the National Championship before the season kicks. With the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, Michigan is accepting people do not run up the middle 95% of the time and they know with the talent they can recruit with the right game plan can compete with the elite programs. People are forgetting that Utah is a potential BCS team and Michigan was playing a lot of freshman and walk-ons in skilled positions. After 100 years of the same playbook, even the veterans were playing a new system for the first time. Despite all of this, Michigan had more than one chance to win against a team some people claim could be undefeated by the time they play BYU. So is the glass half empty or half full? I am going with half full. The Wolverines looked better in the second half and will only improve as the season continues. Over the next few years, U o fM will be able to recruit the talent to fit the system they are implementing to take the program to the next level.

Would love to hear feedback from all your college football gurus on where you think Michigan will end up at the end of the season.
  • Thing is, it doesn't take much to get to a bad bowl.  My point was, I could see that happening after next season.

  • Might take 3-4yrs.

  • I think they are headed in the right direction JD but it will take at least one season to get his system down and athletes in there.  If you look at what Saban has done with Alabama, I think Michigan fans can expect their team to be a bowl contender again this time next year.