Time to Eat: 2012-13 Michigan Football Season Prediction

With plenty of starters and key contributors returning, Hoke and staff have tons of weapons to lead the Wolverines to another double digit win, successful season. To make things even better, we have one of the top 5 recruiting classes in Ann Arbor and ready to compete for spots.After winning our second BCS bowl in school history, the Michigan Wolverines Football team and fan base is buzzing with excitement. To make things even better, we have most of our starters returning and a lot of our key players on both sides of the ball coming back for a run at the coveted Big Ten crown and Rose Bowl birth!

This upcoming season is huge for the growth of Coach Hoke, Denard Robinson, and the program as a whole.

Here is my breakdown of the 2012-13 University of Michigan Football Season:

Depth Chart Prediction
Quarterback
1. Denard Robinson #16 SR
2. Devin Gardner #12 JR
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Toussaint giving Ohio Fitz. (via ToledoBlade)

3. Russell Bellomy #8 RS FR

Runningback 
1. Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 RS JR (SSPD)
2. Thomas Rawls #38 SO
3. Vincent Smith #2 SR
4. Justice Hayes #5 RS FR
5. Dennis Norfleet #26 FR
6. Drake Johnson #29 FR (RS)
Fullback
1. Stephen Hopkins #33 JR
2. Siona Houma #39 FR (RS*)
Wide Receiver
1. Roy Roundtree #21 SR (Howard Legend Jersey)
2. Amara Darboh #82 FR
3. Jeremy Gallon #10 RS JR
4. Jeremy Jackson #17 JR

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Expect to see this a lot. (via AnnArborNews)

5. Devin Gardner #12 JR 

6. Jerald Robinson #83 RS SO
7. Drew Dileo #9 JR
8. Jehu Chesson #86 FR (RS)
9. Joe Reynolds #85 RS JR
10. Bo Dever #3 FR Walk On
Tight End
1. Brandon Moore #89 RS SR
2. AJ Williams #84 FR
3. Ricardo Miller #80 JR
4. Devin Funchess #19 FR (RS*)
Offensive Line
1. Taylor Lewan #77 LT – RS JR  
2. Kyle Kalis #67 LG – FR
3. Ricky Barnum #52 C – RS SR
4. Patrick Omameh #65 RG – RS SR
5. Michael Schofield #75 RT – RS JR
6. Elliot Mealer #57 RS SR
7. Chris Bryant #58 RS FR
8. Jack Miller #60 RS FR
9. Joey Burzynski #56 RS SO Walk On
10. Ben Braden #62 FR (RS*)
11. Blake Bars #71 FR (RS)
12. Erik Magnuson #78 FR (RS)
13. Dan Gibbs #79 FR (RS)
Defensive End 
1. Craig Roh #87 SDE – SR (Kramer Legend Jersey)
2. Brennan Beyer #97 WDE – SO
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Roh is ready to take RVB\’s spot. (via MGoBlog)

3. Frank Clark #57 WDE – SO (SSPD) 

4. Keith Heitzman #92 RS FR
5. Chris Wormley #43 FR (RS*)
6. Tom Strobel #50 FR (RS*)
7. Mario Ojemudia #53 FR (RS)
Defensive Tackle 
1. William Campbell #73 SR
2. Jibreel Black #55 JR
3. Quinton Washington #76 RS SR
4. Ondre Pipkins #56 FR
5. Nathan Brink #67 RS JR
6. Richard Ash #54 RS SO
7. Matt Godin #99 FR (RS)
8. Willie Henry #69 FR (RS)
MIKE Linebacker
1. Kenny Demons #48 RS SR (Ford Legend Jersey)
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Campbell needs to have a big year. (via ESPN)

2. Joe Bolden #35 FR

3. Mike Jones #27 RS JR
4. Kaleb Ringer #49 FR (RS*)
Outside Linebacker
1. Jake Ryan #90 SSLB RS SO
2. Desmond Morgan #44 WSLB SO
3. Cam Gordon #4 RS JR
4. Brandin Hawthorne #7 SR
5. Antonio Poole #40 RS FR
6. Royce Jenkins-Stone #52 FR (RS)
7. James Ross #15 FR (RS)
Cornerback
1. Blake Countess #18 SO
2. JT Floyd #8 RS SR
3. Courtney Avery #5 JR
4. Raymon Taylor #6 SO
5. Delonte Hollowell #24 SO
6. Tamani Carter #20 RS FR
7. Terry Richardson #13 FR (RS)
Safety 
1. Jordan Kovacs #47 SS RS SR (Oosterbaan Legend Jersey)
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And Boom goes the Dynamite. (via Touch The Banner)

2. Thomas Gordon #30 FS RS JR

3. Marvin Robinson #3 JR
4. Josh Furman #14 RS SO
5. Jarrod Wilson #22 FR (RS*)
6. Allen Gant #12 FR (RS)
7. Jeremy Clark #34 FR (RS)
Kicking Game
1. Brendan Gibbons #34 K RS JR
2. Matt Wile #45 K/P/KO SO
3. Will Hagerup #43 P JR
4. Kenny Allen #91 P
Return Game
1. Jeremy Gallon #10 PR – RS JR
2. Dennis Norfleet #26 KR – FR
3. Justice Hayes #5 RS FR 
4. Drew Dileo #9 JRStarters
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2012-13 Season Prediction 
September 1st, 7pm: Cowboy Classic vs Alabama
-One of the biggest games for Michigan in recent history, the Cowboy Classic at Jerry World in Arlington, TX is sure to be a great sight. The analysts and \”experts\” are picking Bama to win but don\’t sleep on the underdog Wolverines who have more big time pieces returning. However, I think the Crimson Tide will win a nail biter.
Loss 21-23
September 8th, 3:30pm: vs Air Force
-For the home opener, the Wolverines happily welcome in Air Force. The pregame festivities will be very respectful and honorable, but I think the game itself could get out of hand early. Hoke will make sure not to run the score up late, but expect Michigan to win big.
Win 42-17
September 15th, 3:30pm: vs UMass
-Thanks to Rich Rod, Michigan welcomes UMass to the Big House. They will be bringing ex-Wolverine RB Michael Cox, but that shouldn\’t make much of a difference as the Wolverines should take care of the Minutemen in fashion.
Win 45-13
September 22nd, 7:30pm: at Notre Dame
-Expect another thriller at night against the Fighting Irish, this time in South Bend. Thanks to the home crowd and atmosphere, the game will be a battle for the first half of the game. However, I think the lack of experience at QB for Notre Dame and the Denard factor will push the Maize and Blue to victory.
Win 31-24 
October 6th, 4pm: at Purdue
-One of the most underrated \”tough places\” to play at, Purdue can definitely be a house of nightmares (ex: hook and latter in 2010). With the tough atmosphere, the Wolverines will struggle at first, but will slowly start to pull away thanks to big plays by Denard, Fitz, and Gallon.
Win 34-24
October 13th, 3:30pm: Homecoming vs Illinois
-Alumni and fans gather as Homecoming this year comes against the Fighting Illini. It should be a great time for the Maize and Blue faithful as Denard, Fitz, and Associates take care of Illinois.
Win 37-24
October 20th, TBD: vs Michigan State
-Possibly the most important game against Sparty is recent memory, Michigan will look to end a 4 game losing streak. The game will be hyped up, the fans (and myself) will be rowdy. Hopefully it is pushed to a night game, but either way it will be a great time. With Sparty QB Maxwell in his first rivalry game, I think Michigan will get after him hard, forcing turnovers and mistakes. Denard should be on his game, as well as Fitz. The game will definitely be close.
Win 24-17
October 27th, 7pm: at Nebraska
-The first game at Nebraska just happens to be a night game. It will be a very, very tough game. Lincoln is one of the hardest places to play in the country and Michigan will see that first hand. Turnovers and missed opportunities will kill the Wolverines as the Cornhuskers pull off a close one.
Loss 28-34
November 3rd, TBD: at Minnesota
– After two of the hardest games on the schedule, Michigan welcomes the visit to Minnesota. However, the Gophers electrifying QB MarQueis Gray will give the defense fits at first, but Mattison\’s mid game adjustments should help keep him in tact for the rest of the game.
Win 38-23
November 10th, TBD: vs Northwestern
– Another good sight will be the Northwestern Wildcats as the Wolverines come back home to The Big House. The game could be a challenge during the first 2 or 3 possessions, but I think Denard thrives too much off of the Michigan faithful and will have some highlight plays, to say the least.
Win 31-14
November 17th, TBD: vs Iowa
– The Hawkeyes visit the Big House and bring their hard nosed, Big Ten style football. Expect Hoke and Mattison to do the same and have the kids ready to rock. They also have some revenge on their mind after the loss at Iowa knocked the Wolverines out of the Big Ten Championship game. This should be one game where I see Fitzgerald going over 200 yards.
Win 36-17
November 24th, Noon: at Ohio 
-\”The most important game on the schedule\”-Brady Hoke. With Ohio bringing in their shiny new coach and spread offense. Also with their sanctions, this will be Ohio\’s last game of the season aka their bowl game. Expect their stadium to be rocking as a top 10 Wolverines team comes to Columbus. However, the experience of the Maize and Blue should help calm the nerves and pull off a close win over the hated southerners.
Win 28-21
December 1st, Big Ten Championship vs Wisconsin
– The Badgers will be looking for their 2nd straight Big Ten title, but Michigan will be coming into Indianapolis off of a much tougher schedule and a chip on their shoulder. The game will be a slugfest, but the Denard-Fitz factor should knock off the hard running style of Wisconsin. It will be a nail biter, but at the end of game, Brady Hoke will have his dreams come true. Michigan will be the Big Ten Champions, headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl.
Win 31-24
Overall: 11-2 (7-1) Legends and Big Ten Champions. 3rd in BCS. Rose Bowl Bid. 
 
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Go Blue.