After a rough 2020 season filled with COVID-19 cancellations and youth everywhere, Michigan football is hoping to surprise this season in the Big Ten.
In case you weren’t aware, 2020 was a year to forget to forget for Michigan football. From embarrassing performances against Michigan State and Wisconsin to having three games get canceled due to COIVD-19, the Wolverines are hoping that they can put last season behind them and get focused on competing for a Big Ten title in 2021.
Embattled head coach Jim Harbaugh signed an extension to stay in Ann Arbor and that was met with a lot of criticism from fans and analysts alike, but the program is hoping that he is still the guy to lead them to a Big Ten title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Heading into last season, Michigan was a very young team and it was anyone’s guess what the actual product on the field would look like. It turned out to not be very good. Michigan started the year with Joe Milton at quarterback and after a great debut against Minnesota, fell back down to earth and just never showed the consistency as passer that is needed. Michigan is hoping that the guy that took over for Milton, Cade McNamara, can pick up where he left off and be the answer at quarterback that Michigan has been looking for since Chad Henne left the program in 2007.
While quarterback was of course the biggest issue on offense, the defense was the worst that it has been under Harbaugh and that resulted in Don Brown being let go as the defensive coordinator. Brown is going to be replaced by Mike Macdonald, who was last the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Michigan certainly got younger as a defensive staff and they are hoping that can improve the defense enough to be more competitive.
Michigan just brought in a top-10 ranked recruiting class and thinks they have the schemes on offense and defense to make the program better. Only time will tell.
Here are my way-too-early game predictions Michigan’s 2021 season.