Team #134 finally takes the field tomorrow when they host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Michigan Stadium.
I love the first game of the new Michigan Football season.
There's just something about that first game, that first time the game pops up on the TV, the first time the team runs out of the tunnel and reaches toward the "M Go Blue Club" banner.
Michigan is pretty good on openers... 109-21-3...that's pretty good...109 wins out of 133 tries.
Last year the Wolverines were thumped by Alabama...that was opener loss #21.
This year there will be no loss.
The Wolverines have better players, and I expect nothing but smash mouth football for 60 minuets.
Michigan is going to be the Michigan of old this season, and that means running the football.
Under Rich Rodriguez the Wolverines collected smaller guys, and that hurt the Michigan power run game after Brady Hoke took over.
Denard Robinson won the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year Award, he was the most dynamic QB the Maize & Blue have ever had, and now he's gone.
For as much as I loved anticipating every single snap that Robinson took, I'm even more excited to see the Wolverines return to the true Michigan Football identity...the run.
I also expect to see the arm and poise of starting QB Devin Gardner.
From everything I've heard, Gardner is ready for a terrific 2013 season.
I was impressed by Gardner last year, and he is now the leader on the field.
No more spreading out as a wideout, no more handing the ball off to Robinson.
Those days are gone...forever.
Michigan will run the ball a lot, but I also expect Gardner to have a big day throwing the ball.
Michigan has traditionally never run up the score when they get up big in games.
Tomorrow Michigan could be up 28-0 by halftime.
Or, they may stay conservative enough to win the game 24-7, leaving plenty of things for Notre Dame in week #2.
My guess is something like 34-13, 27-9...but, if Hoke let's 'em play, look out...45+ points will be withing reach.
It will be win #904 in the long and storied Michigan program.
Hey, that's the Jacksonville, Florida area code.
Enjoy the football.