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Michigan's future split after Sugar Bowl victory


ANN ARBOR (WKZO) -- It was only one year ago that the University of Michigan Wolverines suffered their worst loss in bowl game history to Mississippi State 52-14. The baffling slaughter also marked the sudden end of coach Rich Rodriguez’s tenure leaving Michigan with no choice but to head back to the drawing board.  

After a revamp of their entire program, the Wolverines have managed to pull themselves out of the trenches ending the season in victory Tuesday night beating the Virginia Tech Hokies 23-20 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Head coach Brady Hoke, on his season debut, lead Michigan to a 11-2 standing leaving college football analysts to credit the refurbishing of Michigan’s team a success.

Despite the winning season, the future of Michigan football seems to be under dispute by sports experts. College football speculators are split on whether Michigan will reclaim its status among college football elites or give a lackluster performance in 2012.  

ESPN analysts report “Michigan could regress in 2012.” Though they are likely to receive positive attention in the preseason polls, historically BCS bowl game winners have lost more games in the following season than BCS losers. Alternatively, The Washington Post is reporting Michigan football is “on the rise” calling coach Hoke a “strategic mastermind.”

Finishing the season as their best since 2006, there’s no doubt expectations of the Wolverines will be mounting in the offseason. Coach Hoke will return this fall for his second year of Michigan football, however junior quarterback Denard Robinson has yet to announce whether or not he will play his senior year.