Former Michigan Football player and NFL Superbowl Champion Charles Woodson appeared in Ann Arbor on Wednesday in promotion of his new wine collection ‘Intercept.’ Wine samples was not the only thing Woodson had to share. He boldly predicts that “the Wolverines will go undefeated in the season, playoffs and win the [national] championship.”
Woodson was an integral part of the 1997 Wolverines Championship — the same season he won the Heisman Trophy Award and the last “non-offensive” player to do so. Aside from his ties to the school, Woodson dubs the Wolverines as the favorites. The advent of offensive coordinator Josh Gattins introducing his up-tempo offense and improvements from the defensive line certainly adds validity.
It’s tough to argue against his proclamation seeing as Michigan will be facing a lower seed in every game except for the final showdown against Big Ten rival Ohio State on November 30. The Buckeyes open the season with a new head coach Ryan Day, replacing Urban Meyers, and redshirt Sophomore QB Justin Fields. Woodson doubled down on this game against OSU saying “we gotta beat em, gotta beat em, gotta beat em.”
Coach Harbaugh has yet to defeat the Buckeyes in his tenure as coach of Michigan Football (0-4), losing last year 62-39, but many, including Charles Woodson, believe “this is our year.” Notre Dame and Ohio State pose the greatest obstacles for Michigan in accomplishing a perfect record.
Harbaugh spoke with reporters on Monday and says he hasn’t made a decision on who will start at the running back position. He announced senior QB Shea Patterson will start this season while also including the possibility of playing Sophomore QB Dylan McCaffrey as well. Offensive Tackle Andrew Stuber is expected to miss the season as he recovers from an ACL tear – OT Ryan Hayes will start in place of Stuber. The Wolverines have a tall task ahead of them this season, and if Woodson is correct, we’ll see a renewed focus and quite possibly, a new Football championship in Michigan since 1997.
Notable games this season include Notre Dame (10/26), Michigan State (11/16) and of course, Ohio State (11/30).
The Wolverines take on Middle Tennessee at home in their first game on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.