Breathe a deep breath of fresh air Michigan football fans. Relax your mind and concentrate. Take it all in. What thoughts are racing through your brain this week? Excitement? Fear? Indifference? How are you feeling this week about the Michigan football team? When was the last time YOUR Michigan Wolverines football team had a chance to play a game with Big Ten championship stakes on the line? Hmm, yeah, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it?
When looking back at what your predictions were from before this ’21-22 season started, how many wins did you project Michigan to have? Seven? Eight? A ceiling of nine at the most? Well, guess what? Michigan surpassed your expectations. So, congratulate the team on that.
I just want to say, no matter what happens this Saturday (whether it be a win or a loss), this season has been way more entertaining and awesome than pretty much all of us could’ve imagined. Who would’ve expected Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo to combine for over 20 sacks?!! Did you really expect the secondary to be borderline elite this year?
Did you really think Andrel Anthony would finish with over 150 receiving yards in a game this year?!! (yes, albeit in a loss). Did you think Hassan and Blake would account for almost 2,000 rushing yards this season combined between the two?!! What about Erick All’s emergence?!!
Not many of us could’ve imagined any of the above scenarios actually coming true for Michigan football this year. The team has really played well this season, and even at its lowest points, have still clawed and fought, and haven’t ever dropped their heads.
Michigan football has exceeded all expectations
When we all wanted Jim Harbaugh gone this off-season and he was brought back, we didn’t expect a complete turnaround like this to occur. Everybody was on the Matt Campbell hype train, and last time I checked, he’s struggling mightily in the mediocre Big-12 this season. So much for Matt being the “savior of Michigan football”.
Do you want to know the best part about this season? Well, even though Michigan has been in the playoff hunt since the very beginning of the season, next season could end up being even better than this season. Just imagine that. You thought that a 10-2, 11-1 regular season was good? Well, just think that a 12-0 regular-season might be coming next year.
Although not everything has gone as planned for Michigan this year, I want everyone to take some breaths and just think of the road it took for Michigan to even be in a position with this much on the line. Enjoy it Michigan fans. Enjoy the rest of this season.
After this season concludes, Aidan Hutchinson, Ryan Hayes, Andrew Vastardis, Hassan Haskins, Daxton Hill, David Ojabo, Josh Ross, and Brad Hawkins will probably all be gone. All of those guys were third-year or higher players in the program. That’s a ton of veteran leadership that’s leaving after this season concludes.
So, no matter what happens on Saturday, all things considered, this season has been an immense success. Am I writing Michigan off against OSU? Hell no. The Wolverines have one of the best shots to beat OSU as they’ve had in a long, long time. But this season as a whole has just made me more appreciative and thankful for the unexpected joys that this season has brought.
And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s better a time now than ever to express what Michigan fans should be thankful for. Let’s all have a pleasant week (stress-free, it’s the holidays!), eat a lot of food, and more importantly, Go Blue!