The road to January 8, 2024, in Houston, Texas begins today. Expect to be without Jim Harbaugh, until they head to Nebraska, Michigan football’s hunt to become number one and topple the SEC is the new standard.
The biggest cause for concern is the looming Harbaugh suspension, which has yet to be officially announced. It shouldn’t affect the club much as long as nothing gets out of control with the NCAA and Michigan doesn’t epically collapse.
The players have said they will rally around this and want to prove the haters wrong. It would be a different story if the Wolverines had a Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, or Notre Dame on the schedule like they do in the future, but they don’t.
Rutgers will give Michigan football everything it can handle but doesn’t have enough to hang with the Wolverines, while the other three matchups should get the backups some serious playing time.
With practices opening nationwide only a handful of schools have a realistic shot at winning it all and Michigan football is certainly one of them.
Michigan football training camp preview
The offense’s only weakness may be at wide receiver. Cornelius Johnson and Roman Wilson are locks to start. There are about five other wideouts who could be the third man in the rotation, but everybody will be expecting Darrius Clemons to outduel them all.
Sherrone Moore has an offense that can run it at will or go up-tempo when needed. J.J. McCarthy is the glue that holds it all together though. If he gets hurt, then Michigan’s offense becomes one-dimensional. Jack Tuttle has starting experience but isn’t Cade McNamara reliable. Luckily Michigan football has the protectors up front to keep them healthy.
Jesse Minter’s task is a little more stressful. He has to get his defenders to forget about the TCU mess.
To his credit, he’s got a defense who won’t get tested until around November. By then they will have had time to gel, while they sort out the kinks of a dangerous road schedule. With plenty of returning upperclassmen and depth across the board, Minter has all the ingredients to have the country’s No. 1 defense over just about anyone.
There’s no Aidan Hutchinson or David Ojabo, but with the way they have been coaching up players and the emergence of freshmen, the opportunities seem somewhat limitless.
If Will Johnson can shut out half of the field, then it won’t matter who starts on the other side. Going up against the offense every day in camp can only make them better and ready for the winter war that could lead them to a championship that has been eluding them for 25 years.