If you’re a fan of college football, you know that the Wolverines of the University of Michigan have a proud history. For most of the past half century, this collegiate men’s football program has been one of the best in the nation.
The Wolverines have been a prolific and frequent winner in countless seasons dating way back to the 1960s. But that record of excellence has shown signs of “wear and tear” in recent seasons. The squad that rarely lost more than a couple of games in any given season is losing more than it wins in recent years.
The team’s fan base, its coaching staff and its players are all demanding a “return to the glorious past.” Unfortunately, for this Midwestern team, change happens slowly.
So it should come as no surprise that the Michigan Wolverines completed the 2014 Season with a disappointing Won-Loss record of 5-7, only 3-5 in the East Division of the tough Big Ten Conference.
Shockingly, the Wolverines received no bowl bid for only the third time since 1975. That is a whopping thirty eight years. There is no question that the “football God” has not been smiling down on this program in recent years. But “hope springs eternal” and first year coach Jim Harbaugh expects his squad to make some progress in 2015.
The new season got off to a losing, but nevertheless promising, start last week when the Wolverines traveled to Utah and lost to the nationally ranked University of Utah by a single touchdown. The final score was 24-17.
The Wolverines have a twelve game schedule this season. It includes seven home games. These include contests that will take place against Oregon State University on September 12th, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) on September 19th, Brigham Young University (BYU) on September 26th and Rutgers University on November 7th.
Michigan will also host two highly rated football clubs – fifth-ranked Michigan State University on October 17th and top-ranked Ohio State University (OSU) on November 28th. Those two games will provide a barometer for the Head Coach as he tries to learn how much his squad has improved.
Of course, Michigan will have to travel to play four games. They’ll visit the University of Maryland on October 3rd, the University of Minnesota on October 31st, Indiana University on November 14th and Penn State University on November 21st.
Coach Harbaugh has stepped up his recruiting of quality high school football players and improved play on the gridiron is definitely part of this team’s future. The question for the Head Coach, the players and the team’s fans is: when will that improved play become reality?
It could begin happening in the weeks and months ahead.
Courtesy of Academia.org