The Wolverine

February 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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26 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2017 BY CHRIS BALAS B ad breaks, bad calls — what- ever the cause, Michigan's 30-27 overtime loss at Ohio State in November cost the Wolverines a shot at the College Football Playoff and a potential na- tional title. The Buckeyes, having replaced 16 starters, took U-M's cov- eted spot with its young team despite finishing second in the Big Ten East Division to Penn State and failing to win a conference title. Michigan will have to follow a sim- ilar script in 2017 if it wants to make the Final Four — not the champion- EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE Returning Starters Are Few, But U-M Is Still Talented Quarterback Wilton Speight will have to find new weapons in the passing game after the top three receivers in 2016 — who combined for 1,908 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air — graduated. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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