247 Sports just released its predictions on eight college football teams "on the verge" of a breakout season. Michigan is the number two team on their list, and they think the breakout happens this fall:
For the first time in Jim Harbaugh's tenure, the stars are aligning en route to a Big Ten Championship and perhaps more this fall. He has one of the nation's top returning quarterbacks in Shea Patterson, a collection of potential big-play wide receivers the program has missed in recent years and a home run staff of respected assistants intent on finally getting over the hump vs. Ohio State. Speaking of the Buckeyes — Urban Meyer, Harbaugh's arch nemesis and Wolverine killer, is gone. Increasing tempo offensively under Josh Gattis should keep the opposition guessing and the schedule, tough in spots, can be conquered...Harbaugh will have to shake his oft-criticized ineptitude against Top 10 teams and there's potentially three such matchups on this season's slate (at Penn State, vs. Notre Dame and vs. Ohio State). The worry with Michigan is real, but the Wolverines won't fail to reach the conference championship game because of a talent issue.
Let's hope they're right. The 15-year drought between Big Ten titles is now the longest in program history. Not to mention the 1-14 record against Ohio State is the worst stretch in the rivalry's history as well.