Michigan Football Season in Review

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Karan Higdon #22 of the Michigan Wolverines scores a third quarter touchdown against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Michigan fans envisioned a much different record than 8-4 when the season began back in September. Expectations were high, and in no way did the Wolverines meet them. Disappointing is only one of the words to describe the letdown that the season was. Traveling to yet another Outback Bowl, Michigan had hoped to possibly make the College Football Playoff this year as it was Harbaugh’s third season. Quarterback issues and lack of experience are only a couple of the key issues that were a problem all season, although they were one of the only teams in the country to win a game with three different starting quarterbacks.

The MVP of the offense for the season was Karan Higdon who accumulated 929 rushing yards on 6.3 yards per carry and added 11 touchdowns as well. Chris Evans, who many thought would be the breakout player on offense, produced 807 total yards and seven total touchdowns. The biggest success for the Wolverines on the season was easily the defense, specifically the front seven. The pressure Maurice Hurst, Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich and others would get on opposing quarterbacks allowed them to generate the best pass defense in the nation on the year and the third-best overall defense. The efforts of both Devein Bush, and “The Viper” Khaleke Hudson didn’t go unnoticed in both pass coverage and quarterback rushing on the year too.

The Wolverines face the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl in what will be a rematch of the 2013 game in which the Gamecocks won 33-28. Regardless of how the game turns out, everyone is already looking forward to next season as this may have been one to forget. Many are excited about quarterback recruit Joe Milton as he has already enrolled at the university. A pro-style quarterback with scrambling ability might be just what Harbaugh is looking for to finally beat both rivals on the schedule, but a great deal of development will be required. Much of the defense will be back next year as well, so once again expectations will be high for the Wolverines to be a contender for the Big Ten Championship, and challenge for a College Football Playoff berth.

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