2016 University of Michigan Football Season Predictions
26 August 2016
Yeah, it’s me, the “basketball guy”, back for more. It’s time for my annual attempt to predict how the University of Michigan’s football season is going to go.
I was pretty pessimistic in my predictions for last season. I predicted 7-5 (4-4 in the Big Ten), with losses to Utah (correct), Maryland (wrong), MSU (correct), Penn State (wrong), and OSU (correct).
I’m feeling a little more optimistic this season. The defense looks very good, with a few question marks at linebacker, and the offense looks acceptable, with some reservations about the offensive line and a new QB. Still, the non-conference schedule doesn’t have a “gotcha” game like Utah, and a couple of the trickier Big Ten games (Penn State and Wisconsin) are in Ann Arbor. After getting close last season, I expect us to beat MSU convincingly, and get closer (but no cigar) to OSU. The rest of the games look like wins, except for a tough road game at Iowa, at night. I’m going to predict a loss there, for an overall record of 10-2 (7-2 in the Big Ten). That won’t be good enough for the Big Ten Championship game, but might get us into a “New Year’s Six” bowl game.
During his appearance Wednesday on Sirius XM College Sports, he was asked if he “legitimately” sees himself “coaching Michigan forever, that being the ultimate job for you 20-25 years from now. Do you think that way?”
Harbaugh didn’t hesitate.
“Yeah, I think that way,” Harbaugh said.
“And I think, God willing and the creek don’t rise, that will happen. I love coaching, I love football, I love the University of Michigan and you hope to go as long as you can where you’re still doing it by example, not just through anecdote, and you’re still able to do that as long as the good Lord will allow you to do it.”