Thanks to a pair of elite recruiting classes in 2012 and 2013, Michigan now has the muscle to once again be competitive in the Big Ten. The timing couldn’t be better since head coach Brady Hoke’s seat could get very hot if the Wolverines stumble again in 2014.
It’s even been noted that less than 100,000 fans might show up at the Big House for the first time since 1975. Student tickets are down nearly 7,000 from two years ago and the ticket department has been busy sending emails nationwide to bring alumni back early to help fill seats.
Searching for reasons why fans are staying away would become moot once the Wolverines string together three or four victories . The conversation would return to the football team, instead of about rising ticket, parking and concession prices, and a lack of adequate restrooms.
Unfortunately, the Big Ten scheduler hasn’t done Michigan any favors by sending the Wolverines on the road to play Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State.
That being the case, Michigan will need several players to step up and have career-best seasons.
Lets follow the slide show as we identify four players who must help carry the Wolverines.