- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Detroit Lions reporter
NEW ORLEANS -- Michigan has been waiting all season for this.
While the Wolverines did not reach coach Brady Hoke's stated goal of winning the Big Ten championship, the Wolverines did a lot of positive things in Hoke's first season.
They won 10 games. They revitalized a defense that had been in shambles the two seasons prior. They also turned the momentum of a program that was heading toward mediocrity.
Michael Rothstein writes in his Front Four keys to the game that Michigan appears to be eager to play on the national stage in a BCS game, and that's half the battle in a bowl game.