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Michigan Wolverines 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 59
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 82

In Rich Rodriguez’s first two years as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, the team has been an utter disappointment. After starting the 2009 season 4-0, they won only one game the rest of the season. The blue and maize faithful won’t put up with another subpar year, so Rodriguez better work fast.

The Michigan Wolverines’ offense was decent last year. They don’t have a lot of big names or starpower, but were able to move the ball well between freshman quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. Both are very mobile (rushed for a combined 591 yards) and should be better in their second years. Robinson will challenge Forcier for a starting spot after Forcier threw ten interceptions and only 13 touchdowns.

There is a deep group of serviceable receivers, headlined by junior Roy Roundtree. A feature running back has been missing from Michigan’s offense, with last year’s top rusher only gaining 503 yards on the ground.

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After ranking 115th in the nation in turnover margin, Michigan’s defense has many areas to work on. Losing star defensive end Brandon Graham is a big blow, and it will interesting to see if they can recover. Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson is instituting a 3-3-5 defense to try and fix some of the team’s issues. The team gave up 172 yards per game on the ground in 2009, and it is difficult to have confidence that anything will change.

Another long year appears to be on the horizon for the Wolverines. The team is no better than average, with holes all over the field. All signs point to the Rodriguez era as a huge failure.

Michigan’s odds to win the Big Ten: +1200

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