“This year there is no Alabama on the schedule in nonconference play, and they also get Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Ohio State all at home. They do return 12 starters, which is their fewest since 2008, but Brady Hoke has done very well stockpiling the talent.” — Phil Steele
■ “Notre Dame comes to Ann Arbor for an intriguing Week 2 matchup. Should Michigan prevail in that game, the team could very well be sitting at 7-0 entering its Oct. 26 bye. ” — The Sports Network
■ “It's Devin Gardner's show on offense now, and he'll play a large role in whether the Wolverines can finally get to their first Big Ten championship game in 2013. Michigan certainly has a good chance to do that despite some significant losses.” — CBSSports.com, which picked Michigan to finish second in the Legends Division
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