Expectations! What are your expectations heading into Saturday’s season opener with Florida?
The Maize and Blue field a very young team that has been practicing – and protected – under a shrewd of secrecy from day one. They play a road game in a huge stadium against a national powerhouse.
That’s simple. We all expect a WIN. As Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno referenced a couple of times during his press conference this week, it’s Michigan. And with that comes only one expectation every time the Wolverines step on the field.
Coach Harbaugh expects a win. The players expect a win. And the fans expect a win. It really doesn’t matter who is coaching the Wolverines, what the makeup of the roster is, who the starting QB is or whatever other variables you want to include, Michigan football expects to WIN. Because it’s Michigan.
Wolverine fans also are excited. Since Harbaugh and company have put a force field around anything important with regards to this team, we want to see what the coaches have been seeing for the past month. The roof in Arlington, Texas may or may not be open for the game but the Wolverines will become an open book for all to see at 3:30 p.m., Saturday.
And that kind of brings us back to expectations.
Michigan’s roster is filled with freshman and sophomores. This will be a young group of players who will be experiencing starting roles – and key roles – at this level for the first time. There will be a learning curve.
Coaches will get to see first-hand what these players are made of and, more importantly, where they need to improve. You can only learn so much in practice about a player. And you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken until it breaks – and hopefully these young guys can limit the “breaks.” At least enough to WIN the game.
One thing is fairly certain – “fairly” protects me because nothing is certain in this world anymore. Michigan will be a better football team when it plays Michigan State and Ohio State. These young guys are going to get better with every passing week and they have three games to get better before opening the Big Ten schedule at Purdue.
Two things we know: A win Saturday and the Wolverines are “fairly” certain of a 3-0 start – they should beat Cincinnati and Air Force; and a better football team will play against Purdue than the one we see play Saturday.
The question is will the team that plays Saturday be good enough to win.
We expect the answer to be yes.