Michigan football vs Alabama: Matchups and Misconceptions in the Rose Bowl

Digging into some of the matchups and misconceptions for Michigan football vs. Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans after the Wolverines' 26-0 win over Iowa in the
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans after the Wolverines' 26-0 win over Iowa in the / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The last three seasons of Michigan football have felt cinematic. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago the thought of winning the Big Ten and making the playoffs felt nearly impossible. After a tough road loss to Michigan State in 2021, many felt that Jim Harbaugh's time at Michigan was done. Since that loss, however, Michigan has still yet to lose a regular season game. With three straight wins against Ohio State, trips to the playoffs are starting to feel routine.

If the last three years for Michigan have football been cinematic, this might very well be the last chapter of the trilogy that we are just days away from witnessing the final scenes of. This program could look very different in a few weeks. With all the uncertainty -- around Harbaugh and the NFL, player draft decisions, and the NCAA, all that Michigan fans can do is simply enjoy the ride.

It's been hard to turn on a bowl game or go on social media the last few weeks and not hear about how Michigan football doesn't have a chance against Alabama. While there is no denying Alabama is a great team, so is Michigan. I'd like to take a second to talk about why so many people are wrong about this matchup, dispel some of the rumors, and give this Michigan team its proper credit. So without any further ado or reminiscing over the glory of the past three seasons, here are my thoughts on Monday's matchup in the Rose Bowl.