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February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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maize N' view   michael spath F Revisiting 2012 Predictions ond ball carrier (Wheatley, 7.34 in 1992) or each of the past four seasons, to average better than 7.0 yards a carry the staff of The Wolverine has ofin a single season (with a minimum of fered its forecast in our annual 75 attempts), posting a 7.15-yard averFootball Preview magazine. No one age in 2012. on our staff accurately pre• Finally, Ohio State dicted the national champiwould go on to finish onship between Alabama with the best record in the and Notre Dame — only Leaders Division, recordrecruiting editor Tim Suling a 12-0 mark and an 8-0 livan had even one of the conference tally, but as preteams correct (the Tide) — dicted, the Badgers would while Sullivan, editor Chris Balas As expected, senior quar- play for the Big Ten title and I picked the Big Ten terback Denard Robinson and would make the trip to champ, Wisconsin. led the Wolverines in Pasadena that should have In addition to these rushing for the third time, been OSU's. Almost right: Trailing by prognostications, I made 10 gaining 1,266 yards on four, deep inside Alabama "Fearless" predictions for the ground. photo by lon horwedel territory, Georgia may have the 2012 football season on needed only one more play to Based on success quish the Crimson Tide and provide rates, I shouldn't be allowed to pick one half of the BCS National Champiany future events. onship matchup forecasted. Of course, Starting with the few predicted accuthe other half was Southern Cal, which rately: Denard Robinson would lead fell flat on its face this season in going Michigan in rushing for the third time 7-6. The Trojans were the trendy pick to in his career, gaining 1,266 yards in end the SEC's dominance nationally. outpacing junior tailback Fitzgerald • After last year's resurrection, the Toussaint by 752 yards. The senior Michigan defense began earning requarterback became only the seventh spect within its conference borders, and Wolverine ball carrier in school history with another solid season in 2012, three to do so (Billy Taylor, 1969-71; Butch Wolverines would earn first-team AllWoolfolk, 1979-81; Jamie Morris 198487; Tyrone Wheatley, 1992-94; Anthony Big Ten honors, or so the guess said. Three defenders would garner allThomas, 1998-2000; and Mike Hart, league distinction, but second-team 2004-07). honors: redshirt sophomore linebacker • Robinson also became just the sec-

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