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Last year was the fifth consecutive winning season out of five that Michigan finished with a winning record under head coach Jim Harbaugh. In some ways the Wolverines experienced multiple seasons in 2019. A week three 35-14 annihilation at the hands of the Badgers at Wisconsin set off the first alarms as to where the program was headed under Harbaugh. From that point the Maize and Blue won seven of their next eight which included a 45-14 prime time home win over Notre Dame. But arch rival Ohio State once again proved to be a bridge too far as Michigan was emasculated 56-27 on their home field. A 35-16 Citrus Bowl loss to Alabama completed a 9-4 season. Most of all, the M Men were exposed as good but nowhere near great.

2020 Michigan Wolverines at a Glance

National Championship Odds: +4500

Michigan football is one of the most powerful name brands in any sport, college or pro. Much of that is based on mythology and ancient history. The “Winningest Program in College Football” padded its win totals with most of its success attained between 1901-1948 when it won 10 national titles. Since then, the Maize and Blue have exactly half a natty which was won in 1997. The winged helmet, the rousing fight song, the “Big House” formally known as Michigan Stadium, and one of the world’s largest alumni and fanbases keep the image alive. When Harbaugh arrived, multiple national championships were assumed for the future. Yet he hasn’t won as much as a division title. To Harbaugh’s credit Michigan no longer loses to lesser teams. The problem is that they don’t beat their superior opponents. Michigan’s 1-10 record as an underdog under Harbaugh is a stinging indictment.

2020 Michigan Wolverines Schedule

Week 1: Saturday, September 5, at Washington Huskies

Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Ball State Cardinals

Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Arkansas State Red Wolves

Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Wisconsin Badgers

Week 5: Saturday, October 3, Penn State Nittany Lions

Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at Michigan State Spartans

Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Minnesota Golden Gophers

Week 8: Saturday, October 24, Purdue Boilermakers

Week 9: Bye Week

Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Maryland Terrapins

Week 11: Saturday, November 14, at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Indiana Hoosiers

Week 13: Saturday, November 28, at Ohio State Buckeyes

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2020 Michigan Wolverines Regular Season Preview

Harbaugh will field a vastly different lineup for 2020 which is not necessarily bad due to his very good, though not elite, recruiting. Just four starters return to the offense with six defensive starters coming back from last year.

The biggest question in Ann Arbor is who will be the quarterback. By all accounts junior Dylan McCaffrey is favored to win the job. McCaffrey impresses fans due to his mobility. Many Michigan fans called for him to start over Shea Patterson. But Harbaugh was not sold on McCaffrey enough to make a change. Overall McCaffrey has thrown just 35 passes in his two seasons at UM.

Junior wide receiver Ronnie Bell had an outstanding breakout season in 2019 with 48 catches, 758 yards, and 15.8 yards per catch with a touchdown.

Senior wideout Nico Collins is another dangerous target. Collins had 37 catches for 729 yards with 19.7 yards per catch and seven touchdowns in 2019.

Running back Zach Charbonnet had an impressive freshman season with 149 carries, 726 yards, 4.9 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns.

The offense slowly came around after a poor start under first year coordinator Josh Gattis. Gattis was charged with spreading the offense out more from Harbaugh’s I-formation old school style. McCaffrey should thrive under the Gattis system.

Defensively Don Brown returns for his fifth season as coordinator. Brown is well regarded overall and known for his aggressive blitzes. He is also known for his units getting carved up like a Christmas ham by Ohio State.

Senior defensive end Kwity Paye is a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. Last year he had 50 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.

Paye is expected to anchor a unit that bullies weaker opponents but is yet to prove it can stop the best in the country.

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